During the Civil War, some 5000 Union Army soldiers filled the ranks of the Iron Brigade: the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin, the Nineteenth Indiana, and the Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiments. The regimental flags were a tangible symbol of the Union and were always in the forefront of battle, proudly displayed and tenaciously defended. Many men died to keep their flags aloft. This is the story of how the flags of the Iron Brigade came into being and the purposes they served both during and after the war.
Click here to read the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Blog post on the 7th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry’s flag at Gettysburg by Curator of History Kevin Hampton:
“Rearguard at Gettysburg”