Thursday, 25 October 2012

New 28mm Union Civil War California Brigade Flags

New 28mm Union Civil War California Brigade Flags

Michael from contacted and asked if i could do him the flags for the California Brigade. I was very happy to help him with this and the also have a very interesting histort seen as they were not from California....confussing to say the least but very interesting as well.


The Philadelphia Brigade (also known as the California Brigade) was a Union Army brigade that served in the American Civil War. It was raised primarily in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the exception of the 106th regiment which contained men from Lycoming and Bradford counties.

The brigade fought with the Army of the Potomac in the Eastern Theater for the entirety of its existence and fought in several major battles, including the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and the Overland Campaign. One of its most famous actions was during Pickett's Charge on July 3rd at the Battle of Gettysburg, where it defended the Angle on Cemetery Ridge. Half of the brigade was mustered out in June 1864 and the remainder was transferred to another brigade.

The regiments in the Philadelphia Brigade were originally designated as California regiments. Some residents on the West Coast wanted California to have a military presence in the Eastern army and asked Oregon Senator Edward D. Baker to form a regiment to be credited to that state. Baker was able to recruit a regiment from Philadelphia, designated the 1st California. By October, he increased his command to a brigade, adding the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th California regiments, all of which were from Philadelphia. After his death at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Pennsylvania claimed the regiments as its own and renamed them as the following:

  • The 1st California became the 71st regiment
  • The 2nd California became the 69th regiment
  • The 3rd California became the 72nd regiment
  • The 5th California became the 106th regiment


  1. Oddly enough, there is a town in central Pennsylvania named "California." I don't think the town has anything to do with these flags.

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  3. Sorry Iain, hadn´t noticed this post. Thank you very much for your help with the flags, stunning work an perfect costumer service !

    painting in at last progress as you already know:)

    Best regards Michael