Regimental Colors, 37th New Yok Volunteer Infantry

"Colors of the 37th Regiment N.Y.S.V."

(Three Flags)


"This Regiment was raised in New York city, and was sometimes known as the "Irish Rifles."

"Upon the expiration of its two years' term, it placed in the custody of the Bureau of Military Statistics seven flags, including two guidons and two designation flags, together with all its papers and records.

"The National flag that shows the greatest amount of service, was received by the regiment, when it arrived in Washington in July, 1861. In camp or in bivouack it was always before the regimental headquarters, and it was borne in the following battles: 1st Bull Run (in reserve), Williamsburgh, Fair Oaks, Glendale, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburgh and Chancellorsville. It was also with the regiment in the Seige of Yorktown, and in several skirmishes on the Occoquan, in front of Yorktown, Richmond &c.

"The Green banner was presented by the city of New York, in February, 1862, and was with the regiment in front of Fredericksburgh, and in the battle of Chancellorsville. It is inscribed with the names "Williamsburgh," "Fair Oaks," "Fredericksburgh," "Glendale," "Malvern Hill."

"The new National flag, companion to the green banner, replaces on the original staff one that was lost at Chancellorsville. The flag was removed by Lloyd, the bearer, and wrapped around his body, as it was liable to be torn in passing through the tangled brush through which he was obliged to creep. This brave and intelligent soldier was killed, and his body was buried, without suspecting that the flag was wrapped around his person under his coat. Repeated efforts were made to find his grave, but without success.


  • "22. Flag of the 37th Regiment N.Y. Vols."

    "This was received immediately after the regiment arrived in Washington, while encamped at the foot of East Capitol street, on the east bank of the Anacosta, July, 1861. In camp or bivouac, it was always placed in front of the colonel's tent. It has been used in the following battles: 1st Bull Run (in reserve), Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Glendale, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. It was also with the regiment in the siege of Yorktown, and in several skirmishes on the Occoquan in front of Yorktown, Richmond &c."

  • "23. Regimental Banner of the 37th Regiment N.Y. Vols."

    "Green silk, with list of battles emblazoned. This flag was presented to the regiment by the city of New York, Feb., 1862, and has been with the regiment in front of Fredericksburg, and in the battle of Chancellorsville. The battles inscribed are, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg, Glendale, Malvern Hill."

  • "24. Flag of the 37th Regiment N.Y. Vols."

    "Companion to the preceeding. The staff bears an engraved plate, recording the fact that it was presented by the city of New York. The original flag of this staff, just previous to the murderous midnight engagement between the third corps and Stonewall Jackson's Division, near Chancellorsville, was removed by Lloyd, the bearer, and wrapped around his body under his coat, lest it should be torn or lost in passing through the tangled jungle through which they were compelled to creep. But this brave and intelligent soldier was killed, and his body was buried by his comrades without suspecting that the flag was still around his person. Repeated efforts were made to find his grave, but without success."

  • "25, 26. Guidons of the 37th Regiment N.Y. Vols."

    "Presented to the regiment by the city of New York."

  • "27. Designation Flag of the Head Quarters of the 3d Brigade, 1st Division."

    "By a general order issued March 24, 1862, the various Corps, Division, Brigade and Regimental Head Quarters, were designated by colored flags. The first Division flag was to be of red, the second of blue, the third of red and blue vertical, the fourth red and blue horizontal. In the brigades of the 1st Division, the first was red and white, the second white, red and white, and the third red, white and red. Analogous combinations denoted the Brigades of other Divisions, and the flags of regiments were like those of their brigade, with the addition of a numeral showing the relative rank of the officer commanding.

  • "28. Designation Flag of the 1st Regiment, 3d Brigade, 1st Division."

    "This was the designation flag of the 37th Regiment, and was carried on the march at the head of the column, the colors proper being in the middle."


    Source: "Proceedings Attending the Presentation of Regimental Colors to the Legislature, April 20, 1864," published by Van Benthusen's Steam Printing House, Albany, 1864, for the State of New York. (Please note that all spellings are exactly as they appeared in the original publication.)


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