Designating Flag, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps

Physical Description:
Rectangular wool bunting flag. Blue field with a white cotton shield insert hand-stitched in the center of the flag. Appliqued on the insert is a blue cotton anchor surmounted by a red cotton cannon. The anchor and cannon are crossed. Reinforcements on each hoist corner. Rope running through white hoist. Inscription on hoist reads "9 ARMY CORPS 2 Div HORSTMANN/Philadelphia".
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
Object Name
flag, designating
date made
ca 1865
William H. Horstmann & Sons
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (insert and appliques material)
overall: 74 3/16 in x 52 1/4 in; 188.468 cm x 132.715 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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