Designating Flag, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps

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.
Currently not on view
date made
contract date
William F. Scheible
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (part: pole sleeve material)
overall: 72 3/4 in x 55 3/4 in; 184.785 cm x 141.605 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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