Designating Flag, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps

Physical Description:
Rectangular wool bunting flag. White field with faded yellow fringe around all sides except for the hoist. In the center of the flag is a blue cotton arrow applique; the arrow is horizontal and points toward the fly. There are reinforcement squares of fabric at both hoist corners. White cotton canvas hoist with a metal grommet at each end. The inscription on the hoist reads "17 ARMY/CORPS 3RD DIVISION." The flag panels and reinforcements are machine-stitched. The hoist is hand-stitched using overcast stitch. The applique and fringe are hand-stitched using running stitches.
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
date made
ca 1865
William H. Horstmann & Sons
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (part: applique material)
canvas (part: heading material)
overall: 49 1/2 in x 41 in; 125.73 cm x 104.14 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
related event
Civil War
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Designating Flags
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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