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Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags Collection

North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, USA

General George Gordon Meade officially returned the flags of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to state care at a ceremony held on Independence Day 1866 in Philadelphia. The flags were kept in the state arsenal in Harrisburg, the old Hill's Capitol museum, and the Executive, Library, and Museum Building before being transferred to the current Capitol rotunda in 1914. In 1985, the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee began conservation of the entire collection, completing it in the late 1980s. Since then the collection has been available for viewing, study and scholarship by both the general public and afficionados of the Civil War. Battle damage such as bullet and shrapnel tears can be seen on numerous colors, along with bloodstains and in-the-field repairs. Each color has a unique and often tragic story that accompanies it. Pennsylvania's collection of Civil War flags remains one of the single largest collections of Civil War colors in the nation and also contains twenty-two flags of the Spanish-American war.


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Route 81 or 83 to the State Capitol Building at 3rd and State Streets.

Visitor Services

Restrooms, handicapped access. Multimedia exhibit "Stand by Your Colors" highlighting specific flags and their use in battle.

Regular Events

Several open houses held on an annual basis

Available Interpretation

Historian on staff

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Admission Fee

Free to the public.


8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Daily:. Visitors must call ahead or email to schedule an appointment or make special arrangements for a weekend group tour.



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