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Catalog Number 00032
Object Name Pennant
Description A. FLAG:
Belknap, Hdqrt Flag- 17th Army Corp, 3rd Division pennant. 1 layer. Silk, cotton. Machine sewn. Commercially made. Red silk, triangular-shaped pennant used as the headquarters flag of the 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps by Brig. General W. W. Belknap.
Object No: 32, tagged only

The 17th Army Corps organization was the result of General Order 210, A.G.O. on December 18,1862. A corps generally averaged 36,000 men at full strength and was usually comanded by a major general. Through 1863, the main service of the 17th Army Corps was in the lower Mississippi River Valley region with its central purpose to assist General Grant's operations to seize Vicksburg, split the Confederacy, and gain military control of the entire Mississippi River and surrounding region. This pennant was flown at General William Worth Belknap's headquarters when he commanded the 3rd, Brigade, 4th division, 17th Army Corps. Belknap and was had helped recruit the 15th Iowa Infantry in the fall of November. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in August, 1862, and to colonel in April, 1863. The red field of the pennant indicated that it was an artillery flag. The impressions on the field fo the flag showing three arrows also indicated the sumner of the brigade. The pennant was donated to the State Historical Society by Belknap's son, Hugh Belknap, in 1895.

Dyer, Frederick F. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, Iowa. Dyer Publishing Company, 1908.
McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom. Oxford University Press, 1988.
Official Records of the Adjutant General of Iowa, 1861-1865. Des Moines, Iowa.
Smith, Giles A. Official Records of the Adjutant General of Iowa. Des Moines, Iowa.
Fox, William F. Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Albany, New York. Albany Publishing Company, 1889.

Accessory information located in the Notes section.
Source Belknapp, Hugh R.
Received Date / /
Collection Iowa Battle Flag Project
Search Terms Civil War
17th Army Corps
W.W. Belknap
Battle of Jackson
Battle of Champion Hill
Assault of Vicksburg
Seige of Vicksburg
Seige of Jackson
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Sherman's March to the Sea
Battle of Big Shanty
Battle of Kenesaw Mountain
Battle of Nickajack Creek
Battle of Atlanta