Thursday, December 8, 2011

USCT Flag Images

While doing some browsing on the Library of Congress website the other day I ran across some neat photographs of United States Colored Troops (USCT) flags. The images painted on the flags are very striking and I only wish these photographs had been taken in color. The mottoes on the flags tell strong stories of what these men were fighting for.

One Cause, One Country: 45th USCT


We Will Prove Ourselves Men: 27th USCT


Strike for God and [Country?]: 25th USCT


Let Soldiers in War Be Citizens in Peace: 24th USCT


Sic Semper Tyrannis: 22nd USCT

Rather Die Freemen, Than Live To Be Slaves: 3rd USCT

2 comments:

  1. To the best of my knowledge these images were taken in 1864 before these flags were presented to the actual units. The 25th's motto was "Strike for God and Liberty."

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  2. These Pennsylvania USCT flags and some of the reverses can be seen in Richard A. Sauers book "Advance The Colors!: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags Vol. I."

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