REGIMENTAL BATTLE FLAGS
The 87th Illinois regimental battle Flag and National Flag are stored at Springfield Illinois, Illinois State Military Museum, in a glass case. The national flag is in poor condition with the inscribing of the regimental battles difficult to read. The inscriptions on this flag are VICKSBURG, JACKSON, WILSON HILL, MANSFIELD, PLEASANT HILL, CANE RIVER (?), 87th REGT. ILLs, UNREADABLE, BAYOU LETSWORTH. The national flag is made of bunting, thirty-six feet fly and twenty feet hoist.
Based on the position of the stars. The eagle and scroll under the eagle, the 87th regimental battle flag is characteristic of those manufactured for the New York depot.
During the Civil War, it was considered a great honor to carry the regimental flags. Both sides during battle would target their fire at officers and flag bearers. When the regimental became disorganized or in difficult positions, the cry of “rally around the flag boys” would be hear, with the soldiers joining up on the flag position. It is almost painful to think of these flags, which were carried with so much honor and pride, being in the condition that they area and almost forgotten.