Designating Flag, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps

Description
Physical Description:
Rectangular wool bunting flag. Blue field with hand-stitched white shield in the center of the flag. In the shield is a blue anchor crossed with a red cannon. The cannon surmounts the anchor. Anchor and cannon are hand-stitched and are probably cotton. Unbleached cotton pole sleeve with a metal grommet at each end. The pole sleeve has an inscription which reads "9th Corps/2nd DIV/BRIG Head/quarters FROM/Wm. F. Scheible/Philada. Pa/Contract March 23, 1865." Machine-stitched flag panels with flat-felled seams. Selvage edges on top and bottom of flag.
General Description:
Ninth Army Corps (22 July 1862 - 1 August 1865)
The Ninth Army Corps used several different flags during its existence between 22 July 1862 and 1 August 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flag, designating
date made
1865
contract date
1865-03-23
maker
William F. Scheible
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (part: pole sleeve material)
Measurements
overall: 72 3/4 in x 55 3/4 in; 184.785 cm x 141.605 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
AF*25285B
catalog number
25285B
accession number
64127
subject
Flags
Civil War
related event
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Military
Civil War
Flags
Designating Flags
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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