Union Cavalry 35 Star 3×5 Guidon Flag – 150 Denier Nylon


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Standard Issue US Cavalry Guidon 1863 -1865

A guidon is a rectangular-shaped flag with a triangle cut out of the fly end thus creating a forked tail or swallowtail design. In the 19th century, US cavalry companies and mounted artillery batteries carried guidons. They were carried in battle as well as in official ceremonies. On January 18, 1862, the United States Army issued General Order #4 stating that cavalry guidons will be patterned after the United States flag with stars and stripes. Embroidered gold stars in two concentric circles with one star in each corner of the blue canton. The number of stars was also to correspond with the current US flag at the time. The order specified embroidered stars, but it often became necessary for cavalry units in the field to paint the stars with gold paint because of the lack of access to a seamstress, tailor, or flagmaker who could embroider the stars onto the flag. The 35-star pattern guidon would have been issued between 1683 and 1865 as a 35th star was added to the American flag on July 4th, 1863, to recognize West Virginia as the 35th state being admitted to the Union on June 20th, 1863. A 36th star was added two years later on July 4th, 1865 recognizing Nevada becoming the 36th state on October 31st, 1864 thus rendering the 35-star flag obsolete. In 1863 Army regulations were amended to state that “there shall be inscribed upon the colors or guidons of all regiments and batteries in the service of the United States the names of the battles in which they have borne a meritorious part.” These were commonly referred to as battle honors and were typically painted onto the guidons.

This flag is a reproduction that closely resembles the standard issue cavalry guidon carried by various Union Army Cavalry units during the Civil War. The exact size and materials are not the same as the original flags. All of the artwork is visible on both sides of the flag.

Nylon is a durable, lightweight material that will easily fly in a light breeze and features bright, rich colors. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag and the lettering reads correctly from one side only.

  • Quality construction
  • Fade-resistant
  • Bright colors
  • One solid piece of fully printed, 150-denier nylon fabric
  • Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
  • 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
  • Flag size: 3’x5′

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Weight 4 oz