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    A Confederate Cavalry Guidon and Flagstaff A Confederate cavalry guidon is a very rare find. This example measures 17" on the fly and 12" at the hoist and has seen much use. Designed in the First National pattern, this swallowtail cavalry flag has eleven stars on its blue field and two red bars divided by one white bar. At the time of manufacture of this type of guidon the stars were only applied on one side. The colors have faded and there is damage at the upper end of the swallowtail and at the field and along the hoist.

    Confederate troops used these type flags throughout the ranks, especially when trying to maintain formation or a straight line when in battle. In that sense, with the battle flag at the center of the cavalry, the guidons would serve as marker flags.

    Typically attached to a lance, it is fortunate that this guidon's lance accompanies this flag as well. Contemporary accounts note that these guidons flew from these 8-foot long lances that were commonly referred to as 'Richmond Pikes'. Securing at three places along the pike, the guidon here was at one time attached to this pike since there are traces of cloth at the points where it was secured with tacks.

    This is a very unique and rare Confederate battle flag, made even more historically important since it has its original flagstaff lance.




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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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