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The National and Regimental Flags of the 42nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry

The following flag photographs were obtained from the Indiana War Memorial Battle Flag Collection. The Indiana War Memorial has flag photos of many of the Indiana Regiments that participated in the Civil War. Proceeds from the sale of these photos are returned to the Civil War Flag Fund. To find out more about purchasing Civil War flag photos see:  http://www.state.in.us/iwm/battleflags/
Note: Each Indiana regiment was initially issued one national flag and one regimental flag. Some regiments were issued additional flags, later on in the war. Because of this, there may be more than one national and regimental flag photo available for a particular regiment. Some of the flags are considerably worn and torn and, in some cases, only a very small piece of the original flag was available to photograph.

42nd Indiana Flag Correspondence:

Source: Indiana Battle Flags and a Record of Indiana Organization in the Mexican, Civil and Spanish-American War
by The Indiana Battle Flag Commission, Complied by David I. McCormick.  Indianapolis, Indiana, 1929.  pp 279-280.


Head Quarters 42nd Ind. Vols., 
Murfreesboro, Tenn., Mar. 24, 1863. 

Hon. O. P. Morton,
Gov. of Indiana,

Sir: This regiment has been engaged in the following named battles, which we desire to have inscribed on the banner for which a requisition is herewith enclosed:
Wartrace, Tenn., Apl. llth, 1862.
Chaplin Hills, Oct. 8th, 1862.
Stone River, Dec. 31st,/62 to Jany 3rd,/63, inclusive. 
At the battle of Wartrace a part only of the Regt was engaged. I am the only Field Officer now present with the Regiment and cannot, therefore, procure the "Certificate of the field officers."

Very respectfully, Your obt servt.,

W. T. B. Mclntire, 
Maj. Commanding Regt.


NOTE: From records in office of Adjt. Gen.-McCormick. 1926.
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Head Quarters 42d Ind. Vols., 
Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 28, 1863. 

Gov. 0. P. Morton, Indianapolis.

Sir: Enclosed please find two dollars to pay express charges on the flag prepared for this Regt.

Very Respectfully, Your obt. Servt.,

W. T. B. Mclntire, 
Maj. 42d Ind. Vols.


NOTE: From records in office of Adjt. Gen.-McCormick. 1926.
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Head Qrs. 42d Ind. Vet. Vols.,
Goldsboro, N. C., April 9th, '65. 

W. H. H. Terrill, 
Adjt. Genl Indiana.

Sir: I have the honor to request that you furnish this Regiment with new Colors. The stand that we have is badly worn that we can scarcely keep them on the staff longer. And I will as soon as I get the new stand, express the old ones to you to keep.  Please have the new ones inscribed with the following Battles that the Regt. has went through, besides various skirmishes, viz:
Wartrace, Perryville, Stone River, Elk River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Ringgold, Rocky Face, Resaca, Allatoona Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah, Charleston, Black River, Bentonville. I wish to have the Battles inscribed on the National Colors.

I am, Sir, 
Very respectfully, Your obt. Servt.,

G. R. Kellams, 
Maj. 42d Ind. Vols.


NOTE: From records in office of Adjt. Gen.-McCormick. 1926.
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Head Quarters 42d Ind. Vet. Vols.,
Washington, D. C. May 27th, '65.

W. H. H. Terrill,
Adjt. General Indiana.

Sir: You will please have inscribed on the national colors, the following names:
Wartrace, Chaplain Hills, Stone River, Elk River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Ringgold, Rocky Face, Resaca, Allatoona Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah, Charleston, Black River and Bentonville.

Very respectfully Your obt. Servt.,

Owen 0. Walker,
R. Q. M. 42d Ind. Vols.


NOTE: From records in office of Adjt. Gen.-McCormick. 1926.
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View the 42nd Indiana Flag Order/Description Letter

 

The 42nd Indiana Vol. Infantry National Flag

Note: The preceding flag has been digitally modified/enhanced and is from the Indiana War Memorial, Inventory # 751.
Description of 42nd National Flags Upon Receipt in State Library:
Source: Terrell, W. H. H., Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume I, Indianapolis, IN 1865.

"Indiana Battle Flags and Trophies Deposited in the State Library"
"War of the Rebellion"

"Colors of the Forty-Second Regiment of Infantry"

 

The 42nd Indiana Vol. Infantry Regimental Flag

Note: The preceding flag has been digitally modified/enhanced and is from the Indiana War Memorial, Inventory # 897.
Description of 42nd Regimental Flag Upon Receipt in State Library:
Source: Terrell, W. H. H., Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume I, Indianapolis, IN 1865.

"Indiana Battle Flags and Trophies Deposited in the State Library"
"War of the Rebellion"

"Colors of the Forty-Second Regiment of Infantry"

 

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