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Catalog Number 00021
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
2nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Co. D. National. Company flag. 1 layer. 8 stars visible (original star number is unknown). 1 ply.

Company D of the 2nd Iowa Infantry recieved most of its recruits from Des Moines and the surrounding area. The flag may have originally had 33 stars on the canton, but only eight are visible due to souveniring. The flag was made by the ladies of Des Moines for the 2nd Iowa Volunteers. It was presented to them in April of 1861. The flag was carried by the company during the Civil War. The flag was used as the battle flag for the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7, 1862. Originally there was the practice of removing a star and piece of the field in the casket, however, as the number of deaths mounted due to the intense fighting this practice was abandoned.
Total enrollment-1433
Died of wounds-24
Died of disease-121
Buried in national cemeteries-69

Bell, John Thomas. Tramps and Triumphs of the Second Iowa Infantry Briefly Sketched. Omaha, NE. Gibson, Miller, & Richardson, 1886.
Callender, William and J.M. Dixon. The Thrilling Adventures of William Callender, a Union Spy from Des Moines. Des Moines, IA. Mills & Company, 1881.
Ingersoll, Lurton Denham. Iowa and the Rebellion. Philadelphia. Lippincott, 1866
McCoid, Moses A. The Charge of the Second Iowa at Fort Donelson. Fairfield, IA, 1899.
Mills, F.M. "Colonel N.W. Mills of the Second Iowa Infantry," Annals of Iowa (3rd Series) Volume 13, 1922.
Logan, Guy E. Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion, Volume 1.
Stuart, Addison A. Iowa Colonels and Their Regiments. Des Moines, IA. Mills & Co., 1865.
Swisher, Jacob A. The Iowa Department of the Grand Army of the Republic. Iowa City, Iowa. State Historical Society of Iowa, 1936.

No associated staff, cord/tassels or finial. Object No: 21, no associated assession number Tagged only--located on URC of storage tray

Accessory information located in the Notes section.
Source Christy, William D.
Received Date / /
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project
Search Terms Civil War
2nd Iowa Infantry
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Corinth
Battle of Pea Ridge
McDowell College
Gratiot Prison
Sherman's March to the Sea
Grand Review
Company D
Siege of Atlanta
Battle of Fort Donelson
Battle Flag Day Parade