DISTINGUISHING FLAGS
 


 
VI CORPS    ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
 

On 7 February 1863 Army of the Potomac General Order No. 10 specified a designating flag for headquarters of corps:  blue, swallowtailed, with the number of the corps in red on a white botonee-style cross. Then on 12 May 1863 General Order No. 53 specified a complete set of division and brigade flags. Each corps was assigned a unique badge (a saltire cross for VI Corps) which appeared on these flags. The corps headquarters flags, however, were not changed until 1864, when General Order No. 115 specified that they were to bear their number on the corps badge.

Some sources show the VI Corps badge as a straight rather than diagonal cross. However, Flags of the Army of the United States Carried During the War of the Rebellion, published in 1887 under the direction of the Quartermaster General, US Army, depicts the badge as a diagonal cross and I have so illustrated it here. This source also depicts the distinguishing flags of the Light Division that was part of VI Corps during the Chancellorsville campaign. This division, however, was dissolved in June 1963 and it may never have actually borne the flags illustrated for it here.
 



 

DESIGNS AUTHORIZED PER GENERAL ORDERS NUMBERS 10, 53 & 115

 

HEADQUARTERS VI CORPS

 

PER GENERAL ORDER NO. 10

 

PER GENERAL ORDER NO. 115

 

VI CORPS ARTILLERY BRIGADE

 

VI CORPS QUARTERMASTER

 

1st DIVISION

 

1st BRIGADE

 

2nd BRIGADE

 

3rd BRIGADE

 

4th BRIGADE

 

2nd DIVISION

 

1st BRIGADE

 

2nd BRIGADE

 

3rd BRIGADE

 

4th BRIGADE

 

3rd DIVISION

 

1st BRIGADE

 

2nd BRIGADE

 

3rd BRIGADE

 

4th BRIGADE

 

LIGHT DIVISION

 

1st BRIGADE

 

2nd BRIGADE

 

3rd BRIGADE
 

 

4th BRIGADE
 



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