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)

Date Made: ca 1865

Maker: William H. Horstmann & Sons

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Subject: FlagsCivil WarRelated Event: Civil War


See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military, Civil War, Military, Designating Flags, Flags


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.25276DCatalog Number: 25276DAccession Number: 64127

Object Name: flag, designating

Physical Description: wool (overall material)cotton (part: applique material)canvas (part: heading material)Measurements: overall: 49 1/2 in x 41 in; 125.73 cm x 104.14 cm


Record Id: nmah_1372055

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