A new six minute video highlights some of the 2,200 flags preserved in the Flag Room of the New York State Capitol. Most of the flags were used by New York troops from the War of 1812 through the modern conflicts in the Middle East, including many from Civil War regiments.
During the Civil War, Governor Edwin D. Morgan oversaw the creation of the Bureau of Military Statistics to record the history of his state in the war. In 1863, the first seven flags from New York units entered the collection when the regiment presented them to the governor. The flag collection grew exponentially and protected 811 banners by 1867. Moved to the State Capitol in the early 1880’s, the flag collection drew famous visitors, including President Ulysses S. Grant.
Take a virtual tour to learn about the Civil War and other historic flags! You might even see one from your favorite regiment. https://empirestateplaza.ny.gov/virtual-visit-flag-room
If you want to take the entire, virtual tour of the New York Capitol building, it’s also available: https://empirestateplaza.ny.gov/virtual-visit