Civil War Flag - 1st Regiment US Sharpshooters

 

This flag was designed for the 1st Regiment of the US Sharpshooters. The flag was created by a craftsman in Illinois who diligently researched the history of the regiment before crafting the flag. Made of pure silk, the flag lettering was printed in an ink process with the colors forced through the back side.

The flag itself could actually be used as a weapon in battle with the spear on top of the pole carrying the lightweight item.

 

This is one of the many props used in Civil War reenactments held throughout the United States. In California, there are groups throughout the state that meet regularly and enjoy events held throughout the year with mock Civil War battles.  Though not commonly known, Californians provided troops during the Civil War. Californians guarded southwestern regions as well as sending regiments to the Eastern US.