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Civil War Flag Conservation Facility
Tenth and Market Streets, Harrisburg, PA 17101 GET DIRECTIONS
Local: 717-783-6484
More than 400 Pennsylvania Civil War flags, returned to the state by the troops at the end of the war, are safely stored in this conservation facility, maintained by the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee. Pennsylvania gave a unique type of flag to each of its regiments. It was a basic U.S. Stars and Stripes design but with the Pennsylvania coat-of-arms painted in the blue canton, surrounded by gold stars. The collection includes the flag that led the charge over Burnside's Bridge at Antietam, the flag that repulsed Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, and the flag that stood at Appomattox and received the surrender of Lee's army. The full story of the flags is told in Dr. Richard Sauers' two-volume work Advance the Colors, published by the Committee. Flags may be viewed by appointment only; telephone 717-783-6484 to arrange a visit.
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