8th Alabama Infantry Regiment 4×4 Battle Flag


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8th Alabama Infantry Regiment ANV Style Battle Flag

The 8th Alabama Infantry was the first Confederate regiment from the state of Alabama to be enlisted for the war. It was organized in Mongomery in May of 1861 and was made up of men recruited from Mobile, Perry, Dallas, Butler, and Coosa counties. By March of 1862, the regiment was reported to be “1000 strong” which was typically the size of a Confederate infantry regiment. In the Spring of 1862, after being assigned to several different units since being mustered into service, the 8th Alabama was finally attached to General Pryor’s Brigade in Longstreet’s Division. The 8th Alabama was issued their first Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) style battle flag sometime in May or June of 1862, It was a “First Issue Bunting” and was later decorated with the battle honors “Williamsburg” and “Seven Pines”. The 8th saw its first major engagement at the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5th and 6th 1862 and then went on to fight at Seven Pines on May 31st and June 1st, 1862. Then Mechanicsville on June 26th and Gaines’ Mill on June 27th. On June 30th, at the Battle of Frasiers Farm, only 180 men of the 8th were engaged and their battle flag was captured by the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserves Regiment. Another battle flag was issued which was later cut into small pieces and distributed amongst the men as mementos just before surrendering at Appomattox rather than handing it over to Union Troops, so it did not survive the war and there is little or no evidence as to what that flag may have looked like. After Frasiers Farm, the 8th Alabama went on to fight in nearly all of the major battles in which the ANV was engaged, including 2nd Manassas, Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Appomattox Courthouse. Of the 1377 men who served in the 8th Alabama Infantry throughout the course of the war, approximately 300 were killed in action while more than 170 died from disease. When The 8th Alabama surrendered to Union forces at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9th,1865 along with the rest of the ANV, there were only 16 officers and 153 enlisted men who were present and fit for duty. The captured First Issue Bunting battle flag survived the war due to being captured early during the war and is now in the care of the American Civil War Museum.

This is a reproduction of the 8th Alabama Infantry Regiment Battle Flag. 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. The colors on the reverse side are slightly lighter than on the front.

  • 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: 4′ x 4′

Additional information

Weight 5.5 oz