Designating Flag, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps

Physical Description:
Wool bunting pennant flag. Blue field with white sphere applique in center. Unbleached fabric for hoist. Machine-stitched flat fell panel seams; machine and hand-stitched pole sleeve. Hand-stitched flat fell seamed central panel motif inset (single layer). Machine-stitched turned under hems on top and bottom. Hand-stitched cord casing in hoist with cord still in place. Inscription on hoist reads "1 ARMY CORPS 2 Div 1 Brig HORSTMANN/PHILADELPHIA."
General Description:
First Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
The flags of 1862 represent specific commands and served as tactical signals. They usually had an ensign designed by the commanders themselves which came to be the symbol for the division. In the spring of 1863, the Army of the Potomac issued badges for all of its corps, and on March 21, 1863, the 1st Army Corps, under General Joseph Hooker, issued and announcement designating the sphere as its emblem. This remained the emblem for the corps until they merged with the 5th Army Corps in March of 1864.
Currently not on view
Object Name
flag, designating
date made
ca 1860-1865
William H. Horstmann & Sons
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 70 3/8 in x 58 in; 178.7525 cm x 147.32 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Civil War
Designating Flags
Civil War
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Civil War
Designating Flags
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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