Designating Flag, 2nd Division, 18th Army Corps

Physical Description:
Wool bunting rectangular flag. Blue field with a large white cotton cross bottony in the center of the flag. White cotton hoist with a grommet at each end. The inscription on the hoist reads "18TH ARMY/CORPS 2ND DIVISION." Machine and hand stitching; flat-felled seams.
General Description:
Eighteenth Army Corps (24 December 1862 - 2 December 1864)
The Eighteenth Army Corps badge was issued in General Orders No. 108 on 25 August 1864, a cross with foliate sides. Prior to this order, the Eighteenth Corps had its own designating flag system, with headquarters flag 6' x 6', a red field bearing the white number "18".
The Eighteenth Corps was first to create a brigade strength African American unit. On December 3, 1864, the black soldiers of the Eighteenth and the soldiers of the Tenth Army Corps formed the new Twenty-Fifth Corps. The remaining soldiers in the Eighteenth joined those in the old fifth Army Corps to make up the new Twenty-Fourth Corps.
Currently not on view
Object Name
flag, designating
date made
ca 1864
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (part: applique material)
cotton (part: heading material)
overall: 71 in x 56 in; 180.34 cm x 142.24 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Designating Flags
Civil War
Civil War
Civil War
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Designating Flags
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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