Designating Flag, Chief Quartermaster, 9th Army Corps

Physical Description:
Wool bunting tapered swallowtail flag. Red field. There are two bicolor diagonal stripes that extend from one end of the hoist to the opposite swallowtail; these stripes cross at the fork in the swallowtail. The bicolor stripes are white on top and navy on bottom before the fork and navy on top and white on bottom on the swallowtails. A green cotton number "9" surmounts the stripes. White cotton hoist has a grommet at each end; an inscription on the hoist reads "9th ARMY Corps/Chief/Qr. Master FROM/Wm. F. Scheible/Philada. Pa./Contract March 2 1865." Flag is hand-stitched.
General Description:
Ninth Army Corps (22 July 1862 - 1 August 1865)
The Ninth Army Corps used several different flags during its existence between July 22, 1862 and August 1, 1865. The corps badge, authorized on April 19, 1864, called for the design of a shield on which a fouled anchor lies beneath a cannon. The regulation flag bearing the badge design came into use in the late summer of 1864.
The Corps was commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside from its beginning. It is speculated that the shield represents the seal of the state of Rhode Island, General Burnsides' birthplace, and the fouled anchor refers to the Corp's participation in the Peninsular Campaign.
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date made
contract date
William F. Scheible
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (part: number "9" material)
cotton (part: heading material)
overall: 62 1/2 in x 46 in; 158.75 cm x 116.84 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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