2nd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment 3×5 Flag

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Trans-Mississippi/Richard Taylor Style Battle Flag of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry

The 2nd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment was originally formed as Breazeale’s Cavalry Battalion organized at Natchitoches, Louisiana, on July 27th, 1862 consisting of six companies designated A – F. The battalion officially transferred to the Confederate Army while they were still at Natchitoches on August 21st. Lieutenant General Richard Taylor ordered the battalion to Opelousas where five additional companies were added in September of 1862 to form a regiment. Company D, however, did not march to Opelousas or become part of the new regiment. The combined ten companies of 908 men became the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment on September 15th, 1862. It served in the Trans-Mississippi Department for the duration of the war. On September 25th, part of the 2nd Louisiana engaged a small enemy force on Bayou Lafourche, driving it back to its gunboats. They fought Union forces again in the Battle of Labadieville, on October 27th. They were forced to retreat with the rest of the Confederate army to Patterson on Bayou Teche. The men of the 2nd continued to skirmish with the enemy through the end of 1862 and were engaged in the unsuccessful defense of the gunboat Cotton on Bayou Teche, on January 14th, 1863. The regiment fought in the battles of Georgia Landing, Fort Bisland, Irish Bend, Brashear City, Henderson’s Hill, and Mansfield in 1863 and 1864. In early 1865, they participated in some minor battles and skirmishes until the Trans-Mississippi Department surrendered on May 26th, 1865. A few remnants of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry were in camp near Natchitoches. Some of the men received their paroles there, while others surrendered at Opelousas and Washington, Louisiana.”

The flag of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment is believed to have been made in Cuba as many of the reverse-color Trans-Mississippi or “Taylor-style” battle flags were. The flag was captured at the Battle of Henderson’s Hill, at Henderson Louisiana on March 21, 1864, in a surprise attack where the 2nd Louisiana and a Texas artillery battery were both overrun by the 35th Iowa Volunteers, Fifth Infantry losing about 100 men from each unit as prisoners. The flag is currently in the possession of a private collector.

This is a reproduction of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment flag. The actual dimensions and materials 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.

  • 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′

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Weight 5.5 oz