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Catalog Number 00052
Object Name Flag
Description A. FLAG:
Flag of 34th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. B, flag that is patterned after a U.S. national flag. Made by the women of Hartford, Iowa in 1862. Carried by James Blanchard. 1 layer. Machine sewn. Company flag. Object No. 52, tagged only

The 34th Iowa Infantry became known as the "Star Regiment" because its number was the same as the number of stars on the US flag in 1862. The regiment was raised in the region south of Des Moines in Warren, Lucas, Dacatur and Wayne counties, and was mustered into service on October 15, 1862, near Burlington, Iowa. Much of the 34th Iowa's sevice time was plaqued by periods of illness, but the men were still able to contribute to important military menouvers; including the siege of Vicksburg, siege of Mobile, and the battle of Blakeley. The regiment was mustered out of service on August 15, 1865, in Houston, Texas.
Total enrollment-1081
Died of wounds-7
Died of disease-241
Buried in national cemeteris-117

Burlington Weekly Hawkeye. September 17, 1864.
Ingersoll, Lurton Denham. Iowa and the Rebellion. Philadelphia. Lippincott, 1866.
Iowa State Register. August 10, 1894.
Logan, Guy E. Roster and Record of Iowa Troops in the Rebellion. Volume 5. Des Moines, Iowa. State of Iowa, 1911.

Accessory information located in the Notes section.
Source Blanchard, James Heirs of
Received Date 03/10/1924
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project
Search Terms Civil War
34th Iowa Infantry
James Blanchard
Edward Owens
Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
Battle of Arkansas Post
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of Morganza
Texas Expedition
Battle of Fort Esperanza
Battle of Mobile Bay
Siege of Fort Morgan
Battle of Blakeley