Post by cowboygeneral on Aug 5, 2020 14:14:20 GMT -5
Which was the HQ flag that Custer took to the Little Bighorn? I've read that there is a strong possibility that the bottom flag was the one used. I personally believe that the top one was the one that he took. What is the deal with this bottom flag?
The picture of the yellow cavalry standard is one of the official designs that later replaced the blue standard. It is not anything Custer would have carried, precisely because it is too close to official designs. I think it is likely Custer had some sort of yellow standard made for his use. I think Gen Sturgis kept the official regimental standard at the 7th Cav regimental HQ at St Paul from the time the HQ was seperated from the rest of the regiment during the the Yellowstone Expedition in the summer of 1873. Nor is it likely he returned it when the HQ was moved to Fort Lincoln when Sturgis was assigned to the Cavalry Recruiting Service at St Louis in 1875.
I think it is possible that Sturgis did not go out with the 7th Cav in 1873 because Sturgis may not have wanted to serve under Col Stanley who, until 1866, had always been Sturgis' junior. Furthermore he probably and simply did not want Custer to have it.
I do not recall ever seeing the red and blue flag with stars referred to as Custer's unless it was used in a work of art or a movie. Where have you seen this design? The flag with the crossed sabers was a flag Custer used in various versions and was often described as his battle flag. His flags as a brigade and division commander probably followed the pattern and color scheme designated for Army of the Potomac's brigades and divisions. I do not recall the color scheme for the Michigan Brigade as the 2nd Brig, 3rd Div or as the 1st Brig, 1st Div. Custer's, 3rd Div flag was originally a large red and white swallow tailed flag with a white 3 on the red and a red 3 on the white. This was later changed to a square or rectangular white flag with blue crossed sabers. It appears that brigades and division of the Army of the Potomac did not carry the American flag. This may also have been true of Corps.