Designating Flag, 2nd Division, 17th Army Corps

Physical Description:
Rectangular wool bunting flag. Blue field with faded yellow fringe on all edges except for the hoist. In the center of the flag is a white cotton arrow applique; the arrow is horizontal and points toward the fly. White cotton canvas heading with a metal grommet at each end. Heading, flag panels, and flag edges are machine-stitched. Applique and fringe are hand-stitched.
General Description:
Seventeenth Army Corps (18 December 1862 - 1 August 1865)
The Seventeenth Army Corps flags, authorized in late April, 1865; bears the arrow badge emblem adopted by the corps the previous month. The arrow was chosen because it denotes, "its undeviating course in the march, the swiftness of its attack, it's surety of striking where wanted, and its destructive powers when propelled properly against the enemy." (Myhall, Fig BB)
Currently not on view
Object Name
flag, designating
date made
ca 1865
Horstmann Brothers & Company
William H. Horstmann & Sons
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (applique material)
canvas (heading material)
overall: 48 3/4 in x 41 1/8 in; 123.825 cm x 104.4575 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Designating Flags
Civil War
Civil War
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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