FRAMED SEMI-RESTORED FLAG OF THE 13TH NEW YORK STATE MILITIA

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Item Code: 838-18

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This flag consists of a replaced blue silk field with the artwork from the original flag mounted on it. Since the blue silk field is new it is in excellent condition.

The original artwork is the Coat of Arms of the State of New York with a regimental riband above it. The art has a shield at center that is half patriotic and half showing the sunrise over the ocean and rock as usually found on the State Coat of Arms. Below the shield is a riband that reads “EXCELSIOR.” Seated at left of the shield is a blindfolded figure of Justice minus her scales which did not survive the years. Seated at right is a figure of Liberty holding the Phrygian cap on a spear. Between the two seated figures and above the shield is a spectacular spread-winged eagle perched on a globe. At the very top is a gold bordered red riband with gold lettering that reads “13TH REGT. I-FANTRY N.G.S.N.Y.” The letter “N” in “infantry” is missing.

The whole is in a modern wooden frame painted gold. The frame meas. approx. 61.25 x 51.25 inches. The Coat of Arms at center is in very good condition. Colors are strong and detail is excellent. There are several small stress separations and some small areas of missing silk. Most of the missing material is in a vertical line at center of the shield but it is nothing too severe. The Coat of Arms meas. approx. 35.00 inches across x 32.50 inches high including the eagle. The riband across the top meas. approx. 47.50 inches long x 5.00 inches wide with a 3.00 inch gap where the missing letter “N” mentioned above, once was.

Attached to the bottom border of the frame is an engraved brass plaque that reads “NATIONAL GRAYS / BROOKLYN, N. Y. / 1861  1862 1863.”

Information on the regiment gleaned from the State of New York website reads:

“The regiment (eight companies) left the State April 23, 1861, Col. Abel Smith in command, en-route to Washington, D. C. It was mustered in the service of the United States for three months; served as infantry at Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., and was mustered out August 6, 1861, at Brooklyn.

In December, 1861, quite a portion of the regiment entered the volunteer service for three years as members of an organization which received the State designation 87th Volunteers.

May 26, 1862, the regiment was again ordered to Washington, D. C.; it left the State May 30, 1862, commanded by Col. Robert B. Clark; was mustered in the United States service for three months, May 28th; served at Suffolk, Va., as part of the 7th Corps, and was mustered out at Brooklyn, September 12, 1862.

June 18, 1863, the regiment, then commanded by Col. John B. Woodward, was ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., and it left the State June 20, 1863, to serve thirty days. It served as infantry in the 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Department Susquehanna, and was mustered out of the United States service July 21, 1863, at Brooklyn.

The regiment lost in its service in 1861, died of disease, 5 enlisted men; in that of 1862, died of disease, 1, and of accident, 1 enlisted man; in that of 1863, died of disease 1 enlisted man, total 8; and it took part in the following engagements, etc.:

Near the Light-house at Smith's Point, Chesapeake Bay, Md., May 18, 1861, and near Fort Washington, Pa., July 2, 1863.”

It is also known that the regiment marched in the funeral procession when President Lincoln’s body passed through New York.

With the flag is a file of information on the 13th Regiment and a Polaroid shot of the artwork laid out for framing in the frame shop that did the work. There is also a framed page from a New York newspaper showing the armories of the 14th, 23rd and 13th regiments.  [ad]

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