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By the middle of the Civil War, when it became evident that it wasn’t going to be a Rebellion quickly put down; the U.S. War Department allowed Regulars and Volunteers alike to inscribe on their national colors the names of the battles in which they provided meritorious service. After the war, regimental commanders provided lists of their units’ meritorious battles to the Office of The Adjutant General (OTAG), with some of the older regiments including battles dating back to 1791. OTAG published the first combined list of battles in the 1866 Army Register, but this list contained many lesser known actions that would not necessarily be considered battles by today’s standards.

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