Historic Flag Collection
- Flag Collection
The Fabric of History
The fragile flags are exhibited four at a time at various events during the year. The limited showings ensure the preservation and protection of this rare and irreplaceable collection. Some of these delicate banners are currently undergoing careful conservation and therefore have not been exhibited for several years.
The Civil War: California Troops did Their Part
During the Civil War California provided 17,119 enlistees and $173 million in gold to support the war effort.
In 1862, quotas for men to fight in the Eastern United States were issued for each state. California did not have to meet the quota since it was only required to defend the West Coast. However, when the state of Massachusetts was not able to meet its required quota, California agreed to send its own troops to represent the state. One hundred brave California men volunteered to be soldiers for Massachusetts and went on to fight in over 20 battles during the Civil War. These courageous men became known as the "California Hundred" and carried a flag bearing symbols representing their home state.
The Guidon flag proudly carried by the "California Hundred" and the “Biderman Flag,” the only known California Confederate flag in public trust, are now a cherished part of the California’s Historic Flag Collection.