The Pennsylvania Reserves had become the darling of the political and military establishment ever since the battle. At the end of the December, Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin visited the Reserves at Camp Pierpont and declared that the regiments involved at Dranesville would have the name of the battle inscribed on their standards. (See here for a recent post on the governor's visit.) The flags were soon sent to Washington to be painted with the battle honors.
|Flag of the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves with a barely visible "Dranesville" inscription (courtesy of Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee)|
|Flag of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves with a faded "Dranesville" inscription (courtesy of Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee)|
. . . the color companies attached to the different regiments in [E.O.C.] Ord's brigade took an advanced position, when the flags on which were neatly inscribed the word "DRANESVILLE," in honor of the late victory, were presented by [Grow] -- the ceremony winding up with a few complimentary remarks from that gentleman. The cavalry and artillery that accompanied the brigade were also on the ground, and were presented with new flags similarly inscribed.*
|Rep. Galusha Grow, Speaker of the House, 1861-63 (courtesy of Wikipedia)|
*Ord's brigade was comprised of the 6th, 9th, 10th, and 12th Pennsylvania Reserves. All of these regiments were engaged at Dranesville. The 1st Pennsylvania Rifles ("the Bucktails"), although not part of Ord's brigade, also participated in the battle, and it is likely that they also received the inscribed flag during the ceremony.
"Letter from Camp Pierpont," dated Jan. 14, 1862, Philadelphia Press, Jan. 20, 1862; O.R. Howard Thomson & William H. Rauch, History of the "Bucktails" (1906).