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New Regimental Flag

posted Jan 17, 2014, 4:58 PM by 9th KY Infantry   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 8:06 PM ]
This past year we commenced the project to replace our 20+ years old National/Battle flag.  The maker correctly copied the original as closely as could be done and we flew it for the first time at the Stones River anniversary which was the first major battle in which the original flag flew with the 9th KY engaged.  We look forward to many more years with it.

Now our attention has turned to replacing the Regimental flag.  The original 9th KY Regimental colors have never been located if they even have survived to present day.  What is more no photograph nor written descriptions exist as far as have been located.  What we do know is that Hugh Wilkins of Louisville made the original.  A research paper has been compiled and will be circulated among the current members to decide which of the versions that Wilkins was making we should reproduce.  We do know that the original was more square than the rectangle flag we have flown these 20+ years.  We also know well that the flag was dark blue instead of the faded purple hue we now have.  

This flag, according to the maker will cost much more than the National/Battle flag.  This is because there is a great deal of art and painting on both sides.  We need to gather all available funds as quickly as we can for this purpose but will continue taking donations from anyone, members former and current, descendants, or just interested parties at any time.  We the current - and future members will admire the new flag every time it is unfurled and can take pride as we honor the 9th KY.

Anyone wishing to donate to the flag fund, please send checks made payable to: "9th KY Inf. Vols." and the reason for the check marked "Flag" to Lisa Johnson, 881 Old Christiana Rd., Christiana, TN 37037.  As our treasurer, she will deposit and keep track of the fund so when we have reached a point where we feel safe that we will have the total we can make the order and wait the several months to a year for it to be delivered.

UPDATE:  The flag fund was able to pay the amount ($2200) in full in early Oct. and the flag maker has the order.  It should be ready by Spring 2015!