Designating Flag, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps

Designating Flag, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps

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Physical Description:
Wool bunting pennant flag. White field with a red border around all three edges. In the center of the flag is a blue Maltese cross surrounded by a blue circular border. White hoist has a metal grommet at either end. Inscription on hoist reads "5th Corps/3rd DIV/3rd BRIG 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 created and the Fifth Corps transferred to it. By May 1862, the Fifth Corps of the Potomac was recreated; it remained in existence until June 1865.
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Object Name
flag, designating
date made
William F. Scheible
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
metal (grommets material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Civil War
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Designating Flags
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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