Designating Flag, Chief Quartermaster, 5th Army Corps

Designating Flag, Chief Quartermaster, 5th Army Corps

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Description
Physical Description:
Wool bunting tapered swallowtail flag. Blue field with two diagonal white stripes, or bends, that extend from either end of the hoist to the end of each tail. The stripes cross at the fork of the swallowtail. Surmounting the stripes is a red number "5". White cotton canvas hoist with a metal grommet at each end of the hoist. Hand and machine stitching.
The inscription on the hoist reads "5th Corps/Qr. Master From/Wm. F. Scheible/Philada. Pa./Contract March 23, 1865."
General Description:
Fifth Army Corps (18 May 1862 - 28 June 1865)
The ensign representing the Fifth Corps, a Maltese Cross, was prescribed by General Joseph Hooker on March 21, 1863. The appearance of the cross on Fifth Corps flags varied.
The "Gallant Fifth" was created in March of 1862 as an element of the Army of the Potomac under General George B. McClellan. Soon afterwards the Department of the Shenandoah was create and the Fifth Corps transferred to it. My May 1862, the Fifth Corps of the Potomac was recreated; it remained in existence until June 1865.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flag, designating
date made
1865
contract date
1865-03-23
maker
William F. Scheible
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
cotton (part: heading material)
Measurements
overall: 60 in x 46 1/2 in; 152.4 cm x 118.11 cm
ID Number
AF.25236A
catalog number
25236A
accession number
64127
subject
Flags
Civil War
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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