Tenth Tennessee “Bloody Tenth” 3×5 Flag
The Tenth Tennessee Infantry Volunteers was one of only two Irish Catholic regiments in the CSA Army. They were known as the “Bloody Tenth” because of the extraordinarily intense fighting and heavy casualties they endured throughout the Civil war.
History of the Tenth Tennessee Sons of Erin Flag
The 10th Tennessee was organized at Fort Henry in May 1861 just a few weeks after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumpter. They adopted the Sons of Erin flag which had originally belonged to Company D of the Tennessee State Militia and became one of two flags carried by the regiment. The Sons of Erin had a Kelly green background with light green ribbons trimmed in maroon that read “Sons of Erin” and “Go Where Glory Waits You” in gold lettering. The original flag is now housed in the Tennessee State Museum. The other flag was a standard Confederate battle flag adorned with “10th Tenn” along with battle honors. In July of 1861, the 10th Tennessee was reported as having 720 men. They fought at Fort Donelson in February of 1862 where they suffered heavy losses, which is where they first earned the nickname “Bloody Tenth”. Most of the men who were not killed were captured and sent to a Union prison camp. In September of 1862, they were released via prisoner exchange and reunited in October. After being reconstituted, the 10th Tennessee was deployed as sharpshooters at the battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta where they suffered more heavy losses. At the end of the war, there were less than 100 men left out of the original 720, all of whom had been wounded several times.
This is a reproduction of the 10th Tennessee Infantry Regiment Flag. The actual dimensions are not exactly the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag. The lettering reads right on one side only. Made of printed polyester which is a very lightweight material that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
- One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Flag size 3’x5′