Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 404

Price Realized: $ 3,360
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
REUNION FLAG (MILITARY--SPANISH AMERICAN WAR.) YOUNG, COLONEL CHARLES. 9th Batt. O.V.I. Veterans' Reunion. Major Chas. Young Commanding. Forty-eight star reunion flag, linen, 14-1/4 x 22-1/4 inches: four lines of text stenciled on the alternate whites stripes, cursive initials "B.E.G." in ink on the reverse corner presumably from a member of the veterans group, a few tiny holes. Np, circa 1898-1916

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a rare reunion flag from the entirely black ninth ohio volunteer infantry. On April 25th, 1898, Companies A, B, and C of the 9th Ohio responded to the Governor's call to assemble in preparation to participate in the Spanish American War. They were immediately mustered and put on their way to Columbus Ohio. At this time the Regiment consisted of 16 officers and 314 enlisted men, and was commanded by Colonel Charles Young. Young, a native of Kentucky, was a graduate of West Point. After graduation he served with the 10th Cavalry and the 25th U.S. Infantry. On May 19th, the battalion moved again, this time for Camp Alger, just outside of Washington, D.C. While there, the Armistice was signed, and so they never saw action. But the 9th did take part in the Peace Jubilee in Philadelphia, held in October, 1898. However, while the unit paraded before President McKinley, Maj. Gen. William Shafter and others, it was not a pleasant event for them. All of the regiments which took part were sent by rail to the city, their open cars passing through heavy rains. Once there, they were quartered in old factory buildings and provided with little to eat. On the return rail trip, while their train was waiting to be switched to another track at Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, a freight train plowed into the rear car. Six men were injured, among them Sgt. Floyd Stewart of Co. D, whose leg had to be amputated. NB: In dating this flag, we are speculating that it could have been a part of the tenth reunion in 1908. Young was promoted to Colonel in 1916.