Flag relic, 16th Maine, ca. 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Col. Charles W. Tilden of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment was one of a number of soldiers in the regiment who tore their battle flag into pieces during the Battle of Gettysburg to keep Confederates from capturing it.

Tilden saved several fragments, including this one that he protected even while imprisoned at Libby Prison.

He sent it to his "companion" and lieutenant, Francis Wiggin in 1914, and wrote that the flag pieces were "not to be surrendered to any one, friend or foe."

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About This Item

  • Title: Flag relic, 16th Maine, ca. 1863
  • Creation Date: circa 1863
  • Subject Date: circa 1863
  • Media: Silk, bullion
  • Dimensions: 17.8 cm x 5 cm
  • Local Code: 1303*
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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