The Ohio Battle Flag collection is one of the largest collections of battle flags in the country. It includes nearly five hundred flags, three-quarters of which are from the Civil War. For the soldiers who carried them, the flags served as symbols of the state and country they were fighting to protect. Historians view the collection as a physical representation of Ohio's military history. Families and local historians see the flags as tangible links to the members of their families and communities who participated in the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. For more information about the Battle Flag Collection, including the history of the flags and convervation efforts, visit Fight For the Colors.