In both the north and the south, flags were presented to individual units with great ceremony. Battle flags were central to the experiences of those serving in the Civil War regiment. Soldiers viewed battle flags with respect and devotion. For them flags symbolized honor, tradition and loyalty to home. Many different kinds of battle flags flew over the Pea Ridge battlefield. These flags provided visible markers for troops to follow in the confusion of combat and marked hard-earned victories. Most units personalized their banners with regimental names, mottos, and battles won and lost. It was considered one of the most significant honors to carry these flags and a great disgrace to lose one. Learn about many of the flags that flew over the Battle of Pea Ridge in March 1862 by viewing the exhibition slides below.