One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A battalion's flags.
- ‘They captured three stands of colors and 130 prisoners that day.’
- ‘On the 18th of December 1861 a stand of colors was presented to the regiment, in the State Capital grounds, by Governor Curtin.’
- ‘Eleven stands of colours were also taken, and afterwards deposited in St Paul Cathedral.’
- ‘Colonel Law's brigade, engaged with King's Federals, captured one piece of artillery, three stands of colors and 100 prisoners.’
- ‘Colonel Buckley replied, ‘I receive this stand of colors in behalf of the Twenty-ninth regiment.’’
- ‘He reported the capture of six field officers, fifteen line officers and 101 enlisted men, two stands of colors and a number of wounded men.’
- ‘According to Public Store records, Colonel Taliaferro bought a stand of colors, along with one drum and two fifes.’
- ‘Into your hands is given charge of the stand of colors which you will properly display at all Post meetings and on ceremonial occasions.’
- ‘On reaching the Capitol at 3 P.M., a line was formed on the south side, State street, where the presentation of an elegant stand of colors took place.’
- ‘Howe reported the capture of two stands of colors, artillery, the camp equipage and some 200 prisoners.’
- ‘On May 8, 1861, two stands of colors were given to the Zouaves during a memorable ceremony.’
- ‘A total of five complete stands of colours survive for the 55th Regiment, dating from between 1759 and 1888.’
- ‘Five complete stands of colours for the 55th Foot currently reside in Kendal Parish Church in Kendal, England.’
- ‘Within perhaps half an hour our lines were drawn in, the several stands of colors being left well to the front until our little force was concentrated at the station.’
- ‘The second stand of colors was presented to Governor Draper at the State House on April 22, 1909.’
- ‘We had two stand of colors belonging to the regiment; I was misled by seeing one of them being carried out, thinking both were there.’
- ‘The last stand of colours was presented to the Regiment by the Duke of Kent in June 2001 at Wyvern Barracks Exeter.’
- ‘In 1831, a stand of colors was issued to the Corps of Cadets, patterned after the flags given by the City of Boston, but differing in detail.’
- ‘In this 1840 satire on the Van Buren administration, Secretary of War Joel Poinsett presents a stand of colors to his loyal soldiers, the bloodhounds.’
- ‘The Regiment received two elegant stands of colors from ladies of Providence.’
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