United States Colored Troops Flag

Physical Description
Red, white, and blue silk flag.
Specific History
This flag belonged to the 84th Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops. The red stripes bear the regiment's name and number. Inscribed on the flag are Port Hudson, where the Louisiana Native Guards and the Corps d'Afrique fought before the 84th formed, as well as four battles in which the regiment took part during the Red River Campaign and an engagement in Texas at war's end.
General History
In June 1863 the Louisiana Native Guards became part of the Corps d’Afrique, and in 1864 soldiers from that corps formed the 84th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops. The unit was organized April 4, 1864 and mustered out of service on March 14, 1866. The unit fought primarily in Louisiana with three other regiments of colored troops and a larger force of Union volunteers.
Object Name
date made
ca 1864
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 72 in x 78 in; 182.88 cm x 198.12 cm
overall, maximum (exhibit or expanded): 87 1/2 in x 89 5/8 in x 3 in; 222.25 cm x 227.6475 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 8 ft x 8 ft; 2.4384 m x 2.4384 m
used in
United States: Louisiana
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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