Regimental Flags &
Color Bearers

1st regt. flag
The 1st Regimental flag of the 7th Mississippi has now been fully restored. The flag was recently on display at the Mississippi State Archives and cousin Virgil Roberts went and took some pictures of it. Thank you so much cousin for sharing the pictures with us.

1st regt. flag
1st Regimental flag

  • Donated to the Mississippi Archives by Mrs. Julia S. Goodfellow 1902.
  • Issued mid March 1862.
  • No evidence known of its having been captured.
  • Manufactured by the firm of H. Cassidy of New Orleans.
  • Final Disposition: Mississippi State Archives, Jackson, Mississippi
  • CREDIT: This photo was sent to me thru my email. The person who sent it has "cleaned up" the flag to a certain extent for viewing purposes.

UPDATE: The following letter on this flag was Contributed by Jeff Giambrone. Jeff works at Vicksburg's Old Courthouse Museum. Click on their name to give them a visit. If you get to Vicksburg this is a "must see" on your list of places to visit. This certainly explains why the flag was never reported captured.

Camp on the Tennessee River
7th Miss. Regt. Aug. 24th 1862

To his excellency John J. Pettus
Jackson, Miss.

I am instructed by the officers and men of the 7th Miss. Regiment to present to the State of Mississippi through you the battle flag and staff of the regiment, used by them in the battle of "Shiloh" on the 6th & 7th of April 1862.

The damage sustained by our flag in that battle renders it totally unfit for use in active service: and we desire that it may be preserved in memory of the brave and gallant soldiers who, fell in its defense, upon that hard fought battle field.

I have the honor to be
Very Respectfully
Your obt. Sevt.
W. H. Bishop
Col. comdg. 7th Miss Regt.

(This letter is located in the letters sent to Gov. John J. Pettus, Microfilm Roll # 4854, Miss. Department of Archives and History)

Regimental FlagThis is a computer rendering of the 3rd flag that has been identified as belonging to the 7th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This flag now rests in Nashville at the
Tennessee State Museum
John Daniel CooperThe flag is in need of restoration. We are pleased to announce that the funds for this restoration will be donated by the McMains Foundation. On behalf of all the men of the 7th Mississippi Infantry and their descendents we wish to thank former Louisiana State Representative F. Charles "Chuck" McMains and the entire McMains family. Mr. McMains is the great-great grandson of Lt. John Daniel Cooper, Company G, 7th Mississippi Infantry, pictured at left. Photo property of McMains family.

2nd regt. flag
3rd Regimental flag

  • issued to the unit in the spring of 1864.
  • Captured 08/31/1864 at the Battle of Jonesboro by Captain John A. Smith of the 57th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
  • Manufactured by the Augusta, Georgia Clothing Depot.
  • Final Disposition: Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. Returned 1911.
  • CREDIT: Photo obtained from The Battle Flag Center. The image has been cropped. This accounts for the perfectly straight edges.

The following men have been identified as color bearers of the 7th Mississippi. Some carried the regimental flag while others may have carried company flags. All deserve special recognition.
  • John A. Zumbro - Corporal Company A
  • J. M. Brister - Sgt./Captain Company B
  • William J. Nunnery - Sgt./Ensign Company C
  • Paschael B. Bonds - Pvt. Company C
  • Benjamin Franklin Thompson - Pvt./Ensign (Flag Bearer) Company F
  • Matthew B. Stringer - Corporal Company G
  • Thomas F. Rawls - Pvt. Company G
  • Elijah Cothern (Cathorn), Co. H

Stories of the flags

The Chickmauga report of Colonel Bishop reported: "In obedience to orders, passing through General Deas' line, I attacked the enemy in my front, drove them from their position, capturing three pieces of artillery, and pursued them nearly a mile. In this charge I lost 2 men killed and about 10 officers and men wounded, among the latter Color Sergeant W. J. Nunnery."

Dunbar Rowland's history of the 7th Mississippi adds this: "After 1 o'clock the same day the Mississippi Brigade joined in the assaults upon Granger's line near the Vidito house, and were three times repulsed, despite their most heroic efforts, with heavy loss. In the third assault, after repelling a Federal charge, the Seventh advanced with Kelly's Brigade of Buckner's Corps. Among the killed were Capts. J. M. Brister and G. A. Robertson, "brave and gallant soldiers and attentive and efficient officers." (Bishop). Mat Stringer, of Company G, Color Corporal, who succeeded Nunnery as color bearer, was mentioned for "cool intrepidity and gallantry." The flag staff was shot in two near the crest of the ridge..."

Shown above is a fake 7th Mississippi Regimental flag offered for sale on Ebay as the original item. If you have read this page you will know that the flag this claims to be is in possesion of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. To learn about how to spot these fakes please visit...
The Dogpile: Civil War Fakes, Frauds & Fantasies

animated 1st regt. flag

This is an animated gif file of the first regimental flag. Thanks to Jim's Flags for this animated version. His site has many other Confederate animated flags as well which he allows to be used on other websites so all you webmasters really need to check it out.

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