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Battle Honors

I have always been under the impression and thought that NONE of the flags of the 1st La Brigade of the ANV (5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 Regiments) had battle honors painted on then. I thought this was true for the entire war. But (there is always a but) I found the following when reading an article in the Richmond Daily Dispatch, dated November 18, 1863 dealing with the action at Rappahannock Station:

" The flags were all alike stars on a blue cross and red ground. The 8th Louisiana flag, inscribed with the words, "Winchester," "Manassas," &c., was captured by Sergeant Roberts, of the 6th Maine; a second by Capt. Shackleford, of company A, 5th Maine; a third by Lieut A. S. Lyon, of company K, 5th Maine; a fourth by private Philip Smith of the 121st New York; a fifth by private Silas Waterman, of the 121st New York; a sixth by James H. Littlefield, of company I, 5th Maine, inscribed with the names of "Cedar Run," and "Manassas" "Second Harper's Ferry," "Sharpsburg," "Winchester," Chancellorsville," "Fredericksburg," "Gettysburg;" the seventh by Corporal E. P. Blondil, of company D, 5th Maine, inscribed "Manassas," "Seven Pines, " "Gaines's Farm," "Malvern Hill," "Ethain's Landing."--The eighth was a bare pole, the color-bearer having torn up the flag before it was taken. "

I believe there were 8 La and NC Regiments at this action and all where captured, almost to the man. So perhaps I was wrong about no battle honors on the Flags of the 1st La Brigade and the Regiments in the Brigade?? Comments and direction would be appreciated.

JIM T

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The 6th NC would have been at Eltham's Landing
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