Rucker’s Brigade 3×3 Battle Flag


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Edmund Winchester Rucker was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. When war broke out Rucker enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private but was able to rise through the ranks because of his abilities rapidly. Shortly after enlisting, he was promoted to lieutenant and then to captain of Company C, 1st Tennessee Heavy Artillery. This unit was composed primarily of men from Illinois and served as part of the garrison during the Battle of Island Number Ten. Although the island eventually fell, Rucker was able to escape and he received a commendation for his valor during that engagement. After Island Number Ten, Rucker was transferred to the cavalry along with a promotion to major and initially assigned to enforce the conscription laws in Eastern Tennessee. This unit became the 16th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion. Then in early 1863 Rucker was promoted to colonel and given command of the 1st East Tennessee Legion which was newly created. It was also known as Rucker’s Legion. The Legion consisted of his 16th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, the 12th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, and one artillery battery. This legion fought in Pegram’s Kentucky Raid, the Battle of Chickamauga, and the Chattanooga Campaign. In February of 1864, Rucker was given a brigade under General Abraham Buford in Forrest’s Cavalry Corps. It consisted of the 8th and 18th Mississippi and 7th Tennessee Cavalry Regiments and was engaged at the battles of Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo in July of 1864. Rucker was wounded in the arm and leg at Tupelo. In November He was appointed as acting Brigadier General, although his commission was never confirmed by the Confederate Congress. By this time the brigade had undergone many changes. It comprised what was left of the 3rd, 7th, 12th, 14th, and 15th Tennessee Cavalry Regiments, along with the 5th Mississippi and 7th Alabama Cavalry Regiments. The brigade participated in the battles of Franklin on November 30th, 1864, and Nashville on December 15th and 16th, 1864 where he was wounded again and captured. His left arm was amputated before being imprisoned at Johnson’s Island in Ohio. General Nathan Bedford Forrest organized a prisoner exchange for him shortly before surrendering his cavalry corps at Gainesville, Alabama May 9th, 1865. Rucker was present at the surrender.

The Brigade Flag

It is believed that Rucker got his white battle flag with a red Saint Andrew’s Cross and blue stars in June of 1863 when the 16th Tennessee Battalion was consolidated with the 12th Tennessee Battalion to form the legion known as Rucker’s Legion or the 1st East Tennessee Legion. On the last day of the Battle of Nashville December 16th, 1864, the “Union” 12th Tennessee Cavalry clashed with the “Confederate “12th Tennessee Cavalry. Union Captain Boyer of the 12th had a hand-to-hand fight with Colonel Rucker who was commanding his brigade which included the Confederate 12th Tennessee. Boyer received a hard blow on the forehead from the hand of Rucker but was able to wrench the saber from Rucker’s hand. Rucker in turn seized and took Boyer’s saber. At that point, Rucker was shot in the arm by a Union soldier (name unknown), causing him to surrender. The flag of Rucker’s Brigade was also captured by Private Barry Watson, Company G of the 12th Tennessee (Union). He was later promoted to Sergeant for his action.

This is a reproduction of the flag of Rucker’s Brigade. It features a vintage, antique finish and is designed to look much like the original flag does today, not as it would have appeared during the Civil War. The actual dimensions and materials are not the same as the original flag. The artwork is visible on both sides.

  • One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
  • Lightweight, 100-denier polyester that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze.
  • Bright colors
  • 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
  • Reinforced header with brass grommets
  • Flag size: 3′ x 3′.

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Weight 4 oz