Designating Flag, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps

Physical Description:
Rectangular flag. Blue field with large white sphere applique. Two small squares of darker blue fabric on the corners next to the hoist. Pole sleeve is constructed of unbleached fabric, most likely cotton canvas. Machine stitched flat fell panel seams. Hand-stitched pole sleeve, reinforced corner patches, and central appliqued motif. Hand-stitched cord casing in pole sleeve. Cord in casing. Inscription on hoist reads "1 ARMY CORPS 2 DIV 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 its entire corps, and on March 21, 1863, the 1st Army Corps, under General Joseph Hooker, issued an 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
date made
ca 1860-1865
William H. Horstmann & Sons
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (overall material)
overall: 62 in x 55 1/4 in; 157.48 cm x 140.335 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
related event
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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