10th Mississippi Infantry Regiment Polk Style 3×5 Flag

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Tenth Mississippi Infantry Polk Pattern Battle Flag

The 10th Mississippi Infantry was organized in March of 1861 consisting of 10 companies totaling 841 officers and enlisted men. The regiment assembled in Mobile, and then they were sent to Pensacola, Florida, for garrison duty to help man the coastal defenses building new fortifications and strengthening existing ones. Many men died of disease while stationed there. Although depleted because of the men lost to disease, they fought at the Battle of Santa Rosa Island in October of 1861. In February 1862, the regiment returned to Corinth Mississippi, where it was brigaded with other Mississippi troops. In April of 1862, the newly organized 10th Mississippi Infantry, now numbering only 360 men, fought in the Battle of Shiloh where they distinguished themselves along with the 9th Mississippi by charging high ground after being fired upon by the 18th Wisconsin and driving them from their position. It participated in the Kentucky Campaign and sustained substantial casualties at the Battle of Munfordville. The 10th also took part in the advance toward Louisville in September, then fought in the Second Battle of Murfreesboro in late December and early January 1863. In July of 1863, the 10th marched to Chattanooga and then to Bridgeport, Alabama. In September of 1863, they participated in the Chickamauga Campaign and the attack on Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga in November before wintering near Dalton, Georgia. In the spring and summer of 1864, the 10th participated in the Atlanta Campaign. The survivors were consolidated and became part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in November of 1864 before setting up for winter camp near Meridian, Mississippi. In the spring of 1865, the consolidated regiment fought in the Carolinas Campaign but was forced to surrender with the rest of Joseph E. Johnston’s army at Bennett Place in North Carolina on April 26th, 1865.

The battle flag of the 10th Mississippi was a 13-star Polk-style flag Inscribed with “10th Miss” as well as the battle honors “Murfreesboro” “Chattanooga” and “Munfordville”. The crossed cannon barrels battle honor that replaced the 13th star in the center of the flag was a special honor signifying that the regiment successfully captured a piece of Union artillery.

History of the Polk Battle Flag

Major General Leonidas Polk decided to create a battle flag of his own design because of the battlefield confusion Confederate troops using the First National Flag experienced as a result of its similarity to the Stars and Stripes. Polk saw the need for a flag that could not be mistaken for a Union flag. There were two issues of the Polk, Saint George’s Cross battle flag. The first version had 13 stars and was used by Polk’s 1st Grand Division of the Army of the Mississippi which included the 10th Mississippi Infantry, while the second version had 11 stars and was used by various units of the Army of Tennessee. The Saint George’s cross is the symbol of the Episcopal Church. Polk was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana before resigning and becoming a CSA General. In the summer of 1862, this second version of the famous Polk Battle Flag with 11 stars was issued to several different Mississippi and Tennessee infantry regiments including the 4th, 21st, and 27th Tennessee as well as the 16th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry just to name a few.

This is a reproduction of the 10th Mississippi Infantry battle flag and has a vintage/aged finish. The actual dimensions and materials are not the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides. The lettering reads correctly from one side only.

  • One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
  • Lightweight 100-denier polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
  • Bright colors
  • 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
  • Reinforced header with brass grommets
  • Flag size: 3′ x 5′

Additional information

Weight 5.5 oz