: This is a photograph of the fragments of a guidon of the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. It is a swallowtail flag with a square blue field with 34 stars. The stars represent the states in the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. The inner circle has 12 stars, the outer circle has 18 stars and there is a star in each corner.
Ohio battle flags were on display at the Ohio Statehouse until the 1960s, when the state formed a committee to oversee the efforts to restore the fragile flags. Some of the battle flags were on display on the Plaza Level of the Ohio Historical Society from 1970 until 1989. For conservation reasons, the flags have been in storage since 1989. In the 1960s, the collection was photographed and commercial artist Robert Needham painted illustrations of many Civil War flags. Photographs of the flags and the paintings are now part of the society's archival collections. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL02024 Subjects
: Ceremonial artifact; Communication artifact; Military flags; Flags--Ohio; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Textile--silk; United States. Army. Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 71st Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)