United States Colored Troops Flag


Physical Description

Red, white, and blue silk flag.

Specific History

This flag belonged to the 84th Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops. The red stripes bear the regiment's name and number. Inscribed on the flag are Port Hudson, where the Louisiana Native Guards and the Corps d'Afrique fought before the 84th formed, as well as four battles in which the regiment took part during the Red River Campaign and an engagement in Texas at war's end.

General History

In June 1863 the Louisiana Native Guards became part of the Corps d’Afrique, and in 1864 soldiers from that corps formed the 84th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops. The unit was organized April 4, 1864 and mustered out of service on March 14, 1866. The unit fought primarily in Louisiana with three other regiments of colored troops and a larger force of Union volunteers.

Date Made: ca 1864

Used In: United States: Louisiana

Subject: FlagsRelated Event: Civil WarCivil War and Reconstruction


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.0379.01Accession Number: 1982.0379Catalog Number: 1982.0379.01

Object Name: flag

Physical Description: silk (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 72 in x 78 in; 182.88 cm x 198.12 cmoverall, maximum (exhibit or expanded): 87 1/2 in x 89 5/8 in x 3 in; 222.25 cm x 227.6475 cm x 7.62 cmoverall: 8 ft x 8 ft; 2.4384 m x 2.4384 m

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-e10f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1301426

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