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    Civil War, 1864-65, Swallowtail Guidon with the Legend "Kilpatrick's Army Corps" Stenciled in Black Ink/ Paint on the 2½" Off-White Canvas Pole Sleeve. The flag is 36" on the hoist and 73" on the fly. Accompanied by a letter of analysis/authenticity from noted flag authority Fonda Thomsen. The center of the flag exhibits a 19" X 30" paint applied insignia, apparently as adopted for use by Kilpatrick's Cavalry Corps. The insignia is visible on both sides of the flag with a yellow spread wing eagle surmounting a red swallowtail banner suspended from a short spear point staff. Across the top of the banner are three yellow stars and a yellow riband. Under the riband is a plain yellow swallowtail guidon on a staff. Kilpatrick received his first division command just prior to Gettysburg and, during Sherman's 1864 march he was the only cavalry unit attached to the army, in effect functioning as an independent cavalry corps, doubtless the point of origin of both this insignia and the flag itself. Kilpatrick's last association with the US Army was upon his resignation on Dec. 1, 1865. Ms. Thomsen specifically addresses the metal grommets present 1¼" from the top and bottom of the canvas hoist. Noting the flag construction indicates it was commercially produced, as opposed to "homemade," and Kilpatrick is known to have received at least one previous flag from Tiffany & Co., the late war date, with the increasingly common utilization of metal, as opposed to hand whipped grommets, especially in commercially produced flags, negates any objections the grommets might raise. Ms. Thomsen states unequivocally that the flag dates to the period 1864 - 65. The flag is in excellent condition overall with some minor scattered mothing, most of it along a line where the flag was probably folded at one time, completely untouched. An important Civil War flag associated with one of the war's hardest fought cavalry formations.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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