The 15th Virginia Infantry was organized in May of 1861 with 476 men from the city of Richmond and from Henrico and Hanover counties. The regiment saw action in the battle of Big Bethel, one of the wars earliest battles. Upon culmination of the battle, the Regiment was removed to Williamsburg.
"The survivors of the Fifteenth Virginia recall with feelings of pride, that when we arrived in your beautiful and hospitable city fifty years ago, Mrs. Morrison, one of your patriotic ladies on the Campus of old William and Mary presented us with the first flag that ever floated over our heads. It was made from her wedding gowns; It’s colors were white and blue silk, emblematic of the purity of heart of the giver, whose blessings she invoked on our undertaking. This flag waved on many a battlefield and is endeared to us by many sacred ties and tender memories… It is our privilege and our pride to assure the ladies of Williamsburg that this flag was never captured…”
- Hook backing