Flags of Gaines' Mill
Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flags
The Civil War Trust would like to thank the Museum of the Confederacy and the Alabama Department of Archives and History for allowing us to display these images of Confederate battle flags that flew with units that fought on the very ground that we are working to save at the Gaines' Mill battlefield. Learn more about the great work that these two institutions are doing to save and preserve these historic battle flags: Museum of the Confederacy and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
11th Alabama Infantry
This battle flag from the 11th Alabama shows off its recent battle honor for the Battle of Seven Pines. This battle scarred banner was carried by the 11th Alabama as they made their way across the 285-acre tract of land that we are seeking to preserve. Part of Wilcox's Brigade, the 11th Alabama first faced accurate long-range artillery fire from Union cannon across the Chickahominy River. The Alabamians then faced the prospect of crossing the swampy bottoms of Boatswain's Creek before ascending the steep escarpment to the double-tiered line of waiting Federal soldiers. The 11th Alabama would lose 316 men at Gaines' Mill and Glendale, three days later.
Left: The 8th Alabama Infantry: Part of Wilcox's Brigade at Gaines' Mill. The 8th Alabama lost 232 men during the heavy fighting at Gaines' Mill and Glendale - Frazier's Farm. (Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama)
Right: The 10th Alabama Infantry: Part of Wilcox's Brigade, the 10th Alabama attacked the Union left across Boatswain's Creek. The 10th lost 236 men at Gaines' Mill and Glendale - Frazier's Farm. (Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama)
Left: The 28th Virginia Infantry: The 28th Virginia was in Pickett's Brigade as they made their way to Boatswain's Creek. (Museum of the Confederacy)
Right: The 56th Virginia Infantry: The 56th stood next to the 28th Virginia in Pickett's Brigade (Museum of the Confederacy)
Left: The 8th Virginia Infantry: This 8th Virginia flag includes battle honors from First Manassas to Sharpsburg (Antietam). The Gaines' Mill battle honor can be seen on the left of the flag. (Museum of the Confederacy)
Right: The 18th Virginia Infantry: The 18th Virginia, part of Pickett's Brigade, crashed into Dan Butterfield's positions on the far left of the Union line. (Museum of the Confederacy)
All images presented here are from the Museum of the Confederacy and the Alabama Department of Archives and History collection and should not be repurposed without their expressed approval.