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The Flags of the Iron Brigade
Howard Michael Madaus and Richard H. Zeitlin

During the Civil War, some 5000 Union Army soldiers filled the ranks of the Iron Brigade: the Second, Sixth, and Seventh Wisconsin, the Nineteenth Indiana, and the Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiments.

The regimental flags were a tangible symbol of the Union and were always in the forefront of battle, proudly displayed and tenaciously defended. Many men died to keep their flags aloft. This is the story of how the flags of the Iron Brigade came into being and the purposes they served both during and after the war.

Howard Michael Madaus is the curator of the Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Richard H. Zeitlin is director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, and the author of U.S.S. Wisconsin: A History of Two Battleships, Old Abe the War Eagle, and Germans in Wisconsin.

Distributed for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Store

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the cover of Flags of the Iron Brigade features a dark photo of a battle torn American flag.

July 1997
110 pp. 6 x 9
5 color illus., 17 b/w photos,
22 illus.

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