31st Alabama Regiment Battle Flag
The 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Talladega on March 16th, 1862, and was made up of men from Cherokee, Shelby, Talladega, Randolph, Montgomery, and Calhoun counties with a little over 1,000 men. Shortly after mustering in, the regiment was ordered to Tennessee. They were involved in the fight at Cumberland Gap and Tazewell. After being transferred to the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, they were assigned to General Tracy’s Brigade. They fought at Chickasaw Bayou, Port Gibson, and Champion’s Hill. Most of the regiment along with their battle flag was captured after the siege of Vicksburg. Following a prisoner exchange, the 31st was reorganized and brigaded under General Pettus and participated in several battles with the Army of Tennessee including Chattanooga and Bentonville. Less than 100 men were present and fit for duty at the time they surrendered at Greensboro in April 1865.
The 31st Alabama Volunteer Infantry battle flag was a First National Confederate style flag (Stars and Bars) with 13 white five-pointed stars in a halo pattern above a white cross and the inscription “GOD AND OUR NATIVE LAND” all arranged within the blue field. “THIRTY FIRST ALABAMA” appears in gold letters on the center white bar. The flag was captured by Private Albert G Trussel of the 17th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Company “G” at Champion Hill in May of 1862 during the Vicksburg campaign. The flag is currently in the possession of the Iowa State Flag Preservation Program.
This is a reproduction of the 31st Alabama 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.
- 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′