Description: The national flag of the United States of America features thirteen horizontal stripes in red and white, and white stars against a blue square field in the upper left corner of the flag. The silk flag is tattered and shredded at the edges. This flag dates from the Civil War.
Emerson Opdycke (1830-1884) was a native of Trumbull County, Ohio. At the beginning of the Civil War, he enlisted as a private in the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was quickly promoted to captain. At the Battle of Shiloh, Opdycke, despite being wounded, picked up the regiment's fallen flag and led a charge that halted the Confederate advance. Governor David Tod ordered Opdycke home, promoted him to colonel and asked him to recruit and command the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Throughout the rest of the war, this unit was known for its courage and tenacity, earning the name "Opdycke's Tigers."
Leonard E. Opdycke of Poughkeepsie, New York, donated this flag to the Ohio Historical Society in 1977. The flag belonged to the donor's grandfather, General Emerson Opdycke.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: H65451_001 Subjects: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Stars and Stripes; National Flag--United States; Civil War 1861-1865
Description: This United States flag, with 45 stars was flown from 1896 to 1908. It has thirteen red and white stripes and the canton with the embroidered stars is blue. There is a gold fringe on three sides. A gold cord with a gold tassel is beside the flag. It is rectangular, measuring 140 by 165 and is made of silk View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: H75255_001 Subjects: National Flag--United States; Stars and Stripes; Ceremonial artifact
Description: This US flag with 44 stars was flown from 1891 when Wyoming entered the Union until 1896 when Utah became a state. It has thirteen red and white stripes signifying the thirteen original colonies. The 44 stars on the field of blue represents the states for that time period. There is gold fringe on three sides of the flag. It measures 175 by 180 cm and is made of wool. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: H65052_001 Subjects: National Flag--United States; Stars and Stripes; Flags--support
Description: United States flag has 46 white stars on a blue canton along with seven red and six white stripes. The flag is made of wool and dates from 1908-1912.
n 1869, the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization of Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War, established the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home in a rented building in Xenia, Ohio. In 1869, Xenia residents provided the GAR with one hundred acres of land to build a permanent facility. In 1870, the state of Ohio assumed control of the home. Originally, the institution provided homes for Ohio children who lost their fathers in the Civil War. Eventually, the state opened the home to orphans of all military conflicts and the children of all veterans, including ones who had not died on the battlefield. Children at the home received a traditional education, as well as training in various occupations. The boys also received some military training and several of them later joined the armed forces. In 1901, the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home was the largest institution of its kind in the world. In 1978, the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home became known as the Ohio Veterans' Children's Home. In 1997, the Ohio Veterans' Children's Home ceased operation.
Mrs. Bell McCappin of Hillsboro, Ohio, donated this flag in 1953. The donor's sister, Miss Blanche McCappin, used the flag in school rooms at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home in Xenia, Ohio.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: H65281_001 Subjects: National Flag--United States; Grand Army of the Republic; Flags--support; Veterans
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