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  • 1st Iowa or 60th US Flag
  • Flag, American Civil War, 1st Colored Regiment of Iowa/U.S. 60th of African Descent; 60th USCT; patterned after a U.S. national flag. Silk with hand painted canton, machine and hand sewn. Canton is decorated with a "Grant's screaming eagle" at center. A red unit ID ribbon partially circles the eagle and reads: 1st COLORED REGT. IOWA. A ring of 23, 5-pointed, gold colored stars circles around eagle/unit ID.
    Iowa Battleflag Project, January 1, 2001

    These regiments were sometimes referred to as United States Colored Troops USCT. Flag was made by African-American women from Keokuk and Muscatine.

    B. STAFF:
    The staff is wood, cylindrical, tappers to each end, stained dark brown, not varnished and has a slight warp.

    Has brass finial and finial connector.

    Mustered into the service of the United States at Keokuk, Iowa, and Benton Barracks (St. Louis), Mo., of dates ranging from Oct. 11, 1863, to December 4, 1863, by Lieutenant Colonel William N. Grier and Colonel B. L. E. Bonneville, United States Army. Mustered out of service October 15, 1865 at Devall's Bluff, Arkansas.
    Total enrollment-1,153
    Died of wounds-1
    Died of disease-332
    Buried in National Cemeteries-36

    Dyer, Frederick H. Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, 1908, page 1733.
    Lyftogt, Kenneth L. "From Blue Mills to Columbia," Cedar Falls and the Civil War. Ames, Iowa. Iowa State University Press, 1993.
    Report of Adjutant General or iowa, 1864, page 198.
    The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-65, Record of the Regiments in the Union Army, Cyclopedia of Battles, Memoirs of Commanders and Soldiers, Volume 5. Madison, Wis. Federal Publishing Company, 1908.
    WIlliams, George W. "A History of the Negro Troops," The War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. New York. Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1888.
    Wilson, Joseph T. The Black Phalanx; A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the wars of 1775-1812, 1861-65. Hartford, Conn. American Publishing Company, 1888.

    Staff and accessory information located in Notes section.
    See object file for detailed description, condition, measurements and treatment narrative.
Accession Number:
  • 2001.071.009
  • Des Moines
  • Cultural History
Object Name(s):
  • flags,
  • 1861/ 1865
  • cloth , pigment
Search Term(s):
  • H 69.00 in x W 78.12 in
Associated Person:
  • Pile, William A.
  • Hudson, John G.
  • Buford, N. B.
  • Collins, Milton F.
  • Murphy, John L.
Associated Event:
  • Civil War
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