Piece of Flag Used by the Corps d'Afrique, 79th Regiment, United States Colored Troops, 1861-1865

Summary

The Corps d'Afrique was a regiment of African-American soldiers created in June 1863, from three regiments of the recently formed Louisiana Native Guard. Although the men fought bravely, poor treatment by fellow Union soldiers and difficult field conditions contributed to the dissolution of this unit in April 1864. These fragments are said to be pieces of the Corps' regimental flag.

The Corps d'Afrique was a regiment of African-American soldiers created in June 1863, from three regiments of the recently formed Louisiana Native Guard. Although the men fought bravely, poor treatment by fellow Union soldiers and difficult field conditions contributed to the dissolution of this unit in April 1864. These fragments are said to be pieces of the Corps' regimental flag.

Artifact

Flag

Date Made

1861-1865

Creators

Unknown

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

2000.124.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cotton (Fiber)
Linen (Material)

Color

Blue
Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 3.75 in  (Mat size: 14")

Width: 6 in  (Mat size : 11")

Inscriptions

Handwritten in brown (faded) ink : Piece of our Flag / J.D. Brooker / Corps d' Afrique 79th Regiment of Infantry

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