15th Indiana Volunteers flag collection
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The 2nd item is a two-sided, printed order No. 20 from Headquarters of the Fourth Army Corps in November 1863, commending the soldiers for their "brilliant achievement" and "gallant conduct" in the assault on Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 25, 1863.
The 3rd item is a one-page, handwritten letter to George L. Banks from the War Department, September 21, 1897, informing him that he has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for "most distinguished gallantry in action" at Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863. When "near the summit, he was wounded and left behind insensible, but having recovered consciousness, rejoined the advance, again took the flag, and carried it forward to the enemy's works when he was again wounded." The flag of the 15th Regiment was the first one planted on the parapet.
The 4th item is a four-page, handwritten letter by George L. Banks in Independence, Kansas, to Major D. I. McCormich, in Indianapolis, Indiana, telling him about battles of the 15th Indiana at Stone River on December 31, 1862, and Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863. His letter concludes: "The boys differ as to the number of times it was hit. Comrade Coles says 29 times. Capt. Nicar says it had over 100 bullet holes in it. Who is nearest right, I do not know."
The 5th item is a four-page typed paper to "Comrades of the 15th Indiana" which gives "an imperfect history of the flags under which we marched and fought for three years during our civil war," written by George L. Banks.
The last item is a three-page, typed list of "Flags That Are Encased," giving the regiment, case, flag, and banner numbers.
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