Cords and Tassels

The Regulations specified the cords and tassels for infantry and artillery regiments, but no similar details appear to have been issued for the cavalry. This did not mean that cavalry commanders did not use them on their flags, presumably they did but to their own design.

OVERLEAF: FEDERAL CAVALRY PERSONAL AND DESIGNATING FLAGS

T: 2nd Personal Flag, General G. A. Custer, October 1863-June 1864, 2nd (Michigan) Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Potomac. Red over blue silk field; painted sabres with silver blades, brass hilts, brown handles; battle honours gilt, shaded below and to the left in black; gilt fringe. 52 inches on the fly by 35 inches on the pole.

U: Designating Flag, Headquarters 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1865. White field with blue sabres.

V, W, X: Designating Flags, Headquarters 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Reserve) Brigades, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1865. White fields with red sabres, blue bar and border.

Y: Designating Flag, Headquarters 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac. Red over white bars, numerals reversed colours. Typical of the Divisional HQ Flags in use in 1864, the number of the Division appearing on the flag (see also colour plate 6). 72 inches staff to tips, 36 inches on the pole.

Z: 4th Personal Flag, General G. A. Custer, March 1865-May 1865. Red over blue silk bars, with white crossed sabres and white cord border. 78 inches staff to tips, 36 inches on the pole.

(Not to a common scale)

2nd Michigan Cavalry Flag

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