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Colors of the Blue: Flags of the Union Army


Dr. Lawrence Keener-Farley, retired director of education at the National Civil War Museum and a Gettysburg National Military Park volunteer historian, will present “Colors of the Blue: Flags of the Union Army.” He will give brief talks in the Group Lobby throughout the day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

Reproductions of the most common flags of the Union Army infantry, cavalry and artillery units, and the flags designating corps, division and brigade commanders will be on display. Artifacts from the July 4, 1866, “Return of the Colors” ceremony at Independence Hall will also be on display. Among the relics from this event are a souvenir flag carried by war orphans who marched in the parade (perhaps the only surviving example) and a bronze version of a gold medal presented to Maj. Gen. George Meade.