32nd Alabama Infantry Battle Flag “Stainless Banner” with Honors
The 32nd Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized in April of 1862 and consisted of men from Washington, Mobile, Baldwin, Wilcox, Clarke, Choctaw, Tuscaloosa, and Fayette Counties. They were first under fire at the Battle of Bridgeport, Alabama on April 29th, 1862. Three months later they fought at Battle Creek on July 5th where the regiment earned its first battle honor “Battle Creek” to be emblazoned onto its colors. Pushing further into the state of Tennessee, they captured Stevenson, Tennessee, and the much-needed stores of supplies there. The 32nd Alabama was then placed under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest ordered the regiment to Lavergne, where on October 7, 1862, the badly outnumbered Confederate forces were defeated. Even though Lavergne was a failure, Forrest acknowledged their brave performance and authorized the battle honor “Lavergne” to be added to their flag. The 32nd was then assigned to the command of General Wirt Adams and they fought in the battle of Murfreesboro. They lost 105 men in the fight at Murfreesboro thus paying the highest price yet for the “Murfreesboro” honor on their banner. After spending the winter of 1862 – 63 at Tullahoma, the regiment was sent to Mississippi and participated in the Vicksburg Campaign. In the trenches at the Battle of Jackson on May 14th, 1863 they successfully turned back a Union assault without loss, while inflicting 260 enemy casualties. In November of 1863, the 32nd Alabama rejoined the Army of Tennessee and fought in the Battle of Chickamauga where they earned the fourth battle honor to add to their flag “Chickamauga”. Also at Chickamauga, they earned the inverted crossed cannon battle honor for capturing a Union battery, but they did so at a terrible cost. A few weeks later, because of the heavy losses sustained in killed and wounded and lack of reinforcements, the 32nd Alabama Infantry was consolidated with the 58th Alabama Infantry and became the 32nd and 58th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Two months after Chickamauga the 32nd and 58th were engaged at the battle at Missionary Ridge on November 25th, 1863, when the Confederate Army of Tennessee was defeated and driven back into Georgia. The consolidated regiment held the Confederate left flank until the center of the line broke and they were forced to withdraw. They lost 250 killed, wounded, and captured out of 400 men engaged that day. The beloved battle flag of the 32nd is believed to have been captured at this time. The 58th’s regular square battle flag was not captured, so the consolidated regiment used that flag through the remainder of the war. A “32” was crudely applied before the “58th Regt ALA VOLS” that was originally on the flag. The consolidated regiment went on to fight in several more major battles including Resaca, New Hope, Kennesa, the Atlanta Campaign, Columbia, Franklin, Nashville, and Spanish Fort. They finally surrendered at Meridian Mississippi in May of 1865.
The Second National Flag or “Stainless Banner” was used both as a national flag and also as a regimental battle flag by both the Eastern and Western Confederate Armies. The 32nd Alabama Infantry carried their 2nd National-style battle flag from when they received it shortly after their formation and mustering in until it was captured.
This is a reproduction of the 32nd Alabama Infantry Regiment battle flag. It is made to look as much like the original flag might have looked while in use during the Civil War as possible. The actual dimensions and materials are not exactly the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides. 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′