The arms of the Fifth Corps badge are often figured as concave, whereas those of a Maltese cross are straight.
This is believed to be a deviation from the original in the minds of many veterans who wore them, and they are changed accordingly in the color-plate.
The Sixth Corps wore a St. Andrew's cross till 1864, when it changed to the Greek cross figured in the plate.
That this circular of Hooker
's was not intended to be a dead letter was shown in an order issued from Fal mouth, Va.
, May 12, 1863, in which
St. Andrew's cross.|
“The badges worn by the troops when lost or torn off must be immediately replaced.”
And then, after designating the only troops that are without badges, he adds:--
“Provost-marshals will arrest as stragglers all other troops found without badges, and return them to their commands under guard.”
There was a badge worn by the artillery brigade of the Third Corps, which, so far as I know, had no counterpart in other corps.
I think it was not adopted until after Gettysburg
It was the lozenge of the corps subdivided into four smaller lozenges, on the following basis: If a battery was attached to the first division, two of these smaller lozenges were red, one white, and one blue; if to the second, two were white, one red, and one blue; and if to the third, two were blue, one red, and one white.
They were worn on the left side of the cap.
The original Fourth Corps, organized by McClellan
, did not adopt a badge, but its successor of the same number wore an equilateral triangle prescribed by Major-General Thomas
, April 26, 1864, in General Orders No. 62
, Department of the Cumberland, in which he used much the same