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7th Missouri Veteran Volunteers Flag.
Presented to the Veteran Volunteers in May of 1864 when they were in St. Louis on furlough. It is a double layer flag (the 2 layers sewn together) and the writing is all embroidered over pieces of cardboard. The flag was only flown for a short period of time. From May until October of 1864, when the 7th and 30th Missouri was temporarily combined. At that time, the Missouri Irish Battalion was using the 30th Missouri's Flag, It was used again in December of 1864 when the 7th Missouri left the 30th Missouri and headed to tennessee to be consolidated into the 11th Missouri. The flag is currently at the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City

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No. 4.-Flag of the Seventh Regiment Missouri Volunteers.
The 7th Missouri Regiment carried an American and an Irish flag side by side. The Irish flag (shown in the illustration) was a beautiful silk one, and was presented to the regiment by Surgeon P. S. O'Reilly and a few other friends. It was carried through many battles, including Cornith and the Seige of Vicksburg.
The first two boats that ran the gauntlet of the rebel batteries at Vicksburg carried the 7th Missouri Regiment. While these boats were passing the batteries, Color-Sergeant Fitz-Gerald defiantly waved the flag at the enemy. On the 22d of May the regiment stormed the rebel fortifications at Vicksburg, making a most galliant charge. It reached the rebel works (Fort Hill), when Private Patrick Driscoll raised a scaling-ladder and held it while Color-Sergeant Fitz-Gerald, with the Irish Flag in his hands, bravely ascended. Fitz-Gerald reached the top of the works, and triumphantly waved the flag, but was instantly shot dead. Another soldier siezed the flag and ascended the ladder only to suffer the fate of his predecessor. Eight men were killed in a few minutes under this flag, during this memorable assault. The regiment finally fell back, bringing its flag with it.

Source: "My Story of the War: A Woman's Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience", by Mary A Livermore. Printed 1887. Pages 62-63, Plate VII - page 625.

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Front Veiw of the Original Flag (Regimental) of the 7th Missouri.
The Regimental Colors of the 7th Missouri Infantry are, as you can see, a green flag with the images of Irish Nationalism - the harp used as the symbol of the united Irishmen in the Republican Rebellion of 1798 - the sun bursting from behind the clouds, the symbol of Finn McCool, legendary hero, who established the Fenians, a national army, circa 200 A.D. Finally the towers, Irish elkhounds and shamrocks. On the reverse side are a cloud and sunburst and the slogan in Irish "Faj an Bealac", meaning "Clear the Way". The colors were saved by a flag preservation project of the State of Missouri, and are currently in the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City.

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Back Veiw of the original flag (Regimental) of the 7th Missouri.
Special Note - The original photo's you see above and to the right, are of the 7th Missouri's Green Irish (Regimental Colors) flag, BEFORE the State of Missouri Restored them. Click on the pictures to enlarge them to get a better veiw. We hope to put up pictures of after the restoration some time in the near future.

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The Irish Green Flag of the 7th Missouri Infantry Vols.
Picture was created and submitted by Aaron Gilmore. All rights Reserved.

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This Newspaper article, was found in the "Boston Pilot", an Irish Newspaper that existed in Boston Mass. during the Civil War. The article was ran on July 12, 1862. The text is below

"A splendid standard for the 7th Missouri (Irish) Regiment, painted by Somerby was exhibited at the Pilot bookstore, last week. It is painted on green silk of beautiful color and texture, and measures six feet by six feet six inches, in one piece. On one side is the Irish harp, guarded by a savage looking wolf dog surrounded by a wreath of shamrocks, and mounted by an American eagle, and supported on either side by flags and implements of war. A golden halo shoots from out and over the whole. On the reverse is a sunburst in all its glory, with the Irish war cry for a motto – “Fag an Bealac!” A beautiful gold eagle mounts the staff; and nothing is lacking about it which constitutes a first class standard. It was sent to the regiment on the 5th inst."

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