Thank you so much for replying to my post!! Any assistance on locating the actual regimental colors of the 148th New York would be GREATLY appreciated. It is our worry that they are on the virge of dust somewhere not kept in a climate controled environment such as a museum etc. Shawn, here is all we know about the actual colors of the 148th. It is quoted from an email one of our senior members, George Shadman(who wrote the book "On to Richmond; the true story of the 148th New York Volunteers")sent to me. I would like very much to keep in contact with you on this subject and would be more then happy to work with you to track these cherished colors down!
From George Shadman:
The story about the original flag is interesting, disturbing, but interesting. In the mid 80's, a unit from Seneca Falls, the 3rd NY Heavy Artillery, went to Albany and signed out an original 12 pound brass Napolean cannon and several battleflags of local units. The 148th was one of them.
Our 148th reenactment unit the flag many times. I have some pictures of it somewhere. Well, after a couple years, the State called the stuff back to Albany. A guy by the name of Harold Goodman from Ovid (now deceased) and Bill Excell from Seneca Falls returned the items. This is where it gets interesting. When they got to Albany they did not return the items where the other flags were stored. But all the flags were returned and Bill got a signed receipt.
Jump forward five years or so. We wanted a replica of the flag. The one Doug Wiseman made for us. Well we had pictures but wanted all the smallest details. Bob Jayne went to Albany and asked to see the flag. That was when it was first discovered that it was missing. Several attempts by folks in Albany that the unit knows tried to locate them (the several flags).