A flag that flew during a Civil War battle at Gettysburg, along with the dress coat and sash of a Union officer killed in battle, will go on display at Gettysburg National Military Park in July.
Three objects items will be exhibited beginning July 16 at the park's museum thanks to a contribution from a group of miniaturists and artists. The battle flag of the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment will go on display for the first time at Gettysburg and the dress coat and sash of Captain Isaac Nicoll of the 124th New York Infantry will go on exhibit for the first time ever.
The 149th Pennsylvania was in heavy fighting on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. Captain Nicoll’s infantry unit, the 124th New York, was also known as the "Orange Blossoms." Captain Nicoll was killed during intense fighting on the second day of the battle, when the Orange Blossoms defended against a Confederate assault on the Union left flank near Devil’s Den.
The display of these objects was made possible through a donation of $7,012 from the Artist Preservation Group, historical artists whose mission is to generate capital, through fund-raising and donations, to aid in the preservation and restoration of threatened historical sites and/or artifacts. The Artist Preservation Group provided funding for conservation work on the historic objects, which was necessary before they could be placed on exhibit.
The flag of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry is on long-term loan to the park from the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
"We are very grateful to the Artist Preservation Group for their financial support and to the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee for their efforts which is allowing us to properly conserve these pieces and bring them to the public for the first time in a museum environment," said Superintendent Bob Kirby.
The objects will be on display beginning July 16 for up to two years.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. There is an admission fee to visit the museum exhibits. For tickets or information about how to visit call 877-874-2478 or go to www.nps.gov/gett