Advance the Colors: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags, Vol. 2
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Advance the Colors: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags, Vol. 2 [Hardcover]

Richard Sauers , Capitol Preservation Committee
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June 1998 Advance the Colors! (Book 2)
color and b/w photos, maps, illustrations & 9 x 11 & Picking up the regimental narratives where Volume I concludes, this volume covers the 88th through 215th Infantry. It also provides an overview of the flag conservation effort within the state. A combined index allows readers to locate a variety of flag-related topics. With historic black and white photos and engravings throughout.

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Product Details

  • Series: Advance the Colors! (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Capitol Preservation Committee; 081820155X is a different volume, not a different edition of this volume edition (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081820155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818201554
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine addition to the study of Civil War vexillogy July 17, 1998
Thorough documentation of Civil War-era battle flags is largely distinguished in its absence. Indeed, it is most unfortunate and very nearly a crime that more has not been done to tell the stories behind these flags and, more importantly, tell the stories of the MEN (and perhaps even the WOMEN) of the North and South who carried them into the "leaden hail" from Gettysburg to Glorieta Pass. Happily, this situation has been remedied to some extent by the appearance of the, dare I say, monumental two-volume work "Advance the Colors!" which remains almost unique in its detailed treatment of the various flags presented to Pennsylvania regiments during the "Late Unpleasantness." "Advance the Colors!" is a genuine work of scholarship; however, it is also a snappy read and is readily accessible to even those who think history is merely "one damn thing after another." The information on the Pennsylvania regimental color-beare! rs--their fascinating, inspiring, and occasionally tragic stories--is alone worth the price. I would say that "Advance the Colors!" is a flag book even a flag-BURNER could love. If nothing else, "Advance the Colors!" should go a long way toward shaming other states into taking more interest in their regimental flag collections. Ohio is supposed to be working on a similar project and possibly Indiana as well. We can only hope so; more works like this would be a fine way to remember and honor those who gave "the last full measure of devotion." Five stars and two thumbs up for "Advance the Colors!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars PA Civil War Flags July 15, 2012
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Good info source regarding PA regimental civil war flags. Using book to commission a flag to be made under which a relative fought, was wounded, and subsequently discharged. Will fly at my house in lieu of modern ones. History brought into modern world with relevance.
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I purchased both Volume 1 (beige cover); and this is Volume 2 (blue cover). On page 515, the Commonwealth of PA - Capitol Preservation Committee has highlighted my grand-father's regimental battle flag. Pvt. William H. Embick was mustered into the service April 5th, 1864 at Camp Curtin (Harrisburg,PA) at age 17 for a period of (1)year; a resident of Franklin County, Chambersburg,PA (West of Gettysburg,PA) Many, if not all, companies and regiments came from the same county or contiguous counties in PA. for the pre-established comradship and/or family relationships which existed. (4) Embicks were in (3) companies within (2) regiments; the 210th Inf. Reg't and the 211th Inf. Reg't. Pvt. William H. Embick was assigned to Company D, 210th Infantry Regiment, Third Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac. He fought in the Petersburg/Richmond Campaigns and the regiments were ordered to "Stand the Line" at Appomattox Court House, when General Robert E.Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S.Grant (a very somber moment for both sides). Pvt. William H. Embick mustered out of the service April 15th, 1865... ~620,000 other soldiers did not! (Buy both books!) [USMA '64]
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