Flags of the 53rd PVI

During its years of service, the 53rd PVI had 3 state colors:

The 1st state color of the 53rd PVI.
Like most regimental flags used in battle during the war, the 53rd’s first flag experienced considerable battle damage. After most of the soldiers re-enlisted during the winter of 1863-64, the flag was left in Harrisburg when the regiment returned to the front.
The 2nd state color of the 53rd PVI.
After most of the soldiers re-enlisted during the winter of 1863-1864, the second state color was received in February 1864 after the first one was left in Harrisburg during furlough. The 2nd flag, like the 1st, also received considerable battle damage.

The 3rd state color of the 53rd PVI.
Colonel William M. Mintzer ordered a third state color in May 1865, but the regiment disbanded before receiving the flag. The 53rd was mustered out of service on June 30, 1865.

The above information was provided by the PA Capitol Preservation Committee’s “PA Civil War Flags” website:
http://www.pacivilwarflags.org/regiments/indivRegiment.cfm?group=51-100&reg=53rd%20Infantry