NW 15th Arkansas Infantry

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Northwest 15th Regiment Arkansas Volunteer Infantry

The unit that fought under this flag formerly was designated the 21st Arkansas Infantry Regiment. It earned its Transmississippi battle honors as part of Hebert's brigade, fighting near the 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles at both Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge. The regiment was designated the Northwest 15th Regiment Arkansas Volunteer Infantry in February 1863. Major-General Earl Van Dorn adopted this flag design for the Army of the West in February 1862, citing confusion with the Stars and Stripes. The design bears no resemblance to Union or Confederate standards with its red field, stars to represent the thirteen states, and the yellow crescent to represent Missouri. Probably presented after Hatchie Bridge, Tennessee, on 5 October 1862, the flag and its bearer were captured near Port Gibson, Mississippi, 1 May 1863. It is the only known Van Dorn flag to carry battle honors and unit designation.

Van Dorn's Battle Flag pattern, Army of the West
Wool, cotton stars, silk border, crescent and fringe,
45 1/2" x 68 3/4"
State of Indiana

Old State House Museum

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