26th Regiment USCT Flags


During the Civil War, many military units had their own regimental flags that they would carry into battle, and this was true of units in the United States’ Colored Troops. On the third day of the month, I’ll display a flag from each of those regiments – depending on my ability to find these flags through internet searches and other sources.

This is the regimental flag for the US Colored Troops 26th Regiment Infantry, New York. The motto at the base of the flag is “God and Liberty.” Source: New York State Military Museum.


These are the national colors for 26th Regiment. Source: New York State Military Museum.

According to the NYS Military Museum, this regiment was organized at Riker’s Island, New York on February 27, 1864. It served in the Department of the East to March, 1864; in the District of Beaufort, Department of the South, to April, 1865; at Port Royal, S. C., until it was honorably discharged and mustered out, August 28, 1865.

More details about the 26th USCT are at the here at Civil War Archive.com.

The homepage for the New York State Military Museum is here.

View all of the USCT flags on this cite to date by going here.

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5 thoughts on “26th Regiment USCT Flags

    • That’s a great question. I’ll try to see if I can find some sources for reproductions and post them on this board.

  1. We are forming a living history group. We have decided to do the 26th USCT and maybe also the 54th Massachusetts. The 26th was organized in new York and the 54th Mass drew many people from NYS. Ours is based in NYS.

  2. Capt Henry Hayes 26th US col co H Died in Beaufort SC 10 Oct 1864 from disease. Fought at Johns Island. He is the brother of my Great great grandfather Jefferson Hayes who is the only survivor of three brothers (Levi also)who fought in “the war to free the slaves” as I was corrected when I was visiting Beaufort S.C. I have not been able to find any other information or photographs of his unit. I am sure there are some out there.

    • I think I have found a book on the 26th USCT. It is titled “First Organization of Colored Troops in the State of New York to Aid in Sppressing the Slave-Holders Rebellion…” by the New York Association of Colored Volunteers 1864. It is a reproduction and brief. It is a collection of documents and I believe they are related to the 26th USCT.

      Also found this fact on the US Military Museum web site:

      26th Infantry, US Colored Troops

      This regiment, Col. William Silliman, was organized at Riker’s Island, New York harbor, February 27, 1864, to serve three years; it served in the Department of the East to March, 1864; in the District of Beaufort, Department of the South, to April, 1865; at Port Royal, S. C., until it was honorably discharged and mustered out, under Col. William B. Guernsey, August 28, 1865.
      During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 21 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 7 enlisted men; of disease, 2 officers, 102 enlisted men; drowned, 1 officer, 4 enlisted men; murdered, 1 enlisted man; of sunstroke, 2 enlisted men; of causes not stated, 3 enlisted men; total, 5 officers, 140 enlisted men;

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