The annexed cut shows the manner in which many of the corps combined the two badges in order not to lose their original identity.
The Thirteenth Corps had no badge.
The badge of the Fourteenth Army Corps was an acorn.
Tradition has it that some time before the adoption of this badge the members of this corps called themselves Acorn Boys
, because at one time in their history, probably when they were hemmed in at Chattanooga
, rations were so scanty that the men gladly gathered large quantities of acorns from an oak grove, near by which they were camped, and roasted and ate them, repeating this operation while the scarcity of food continued.
Owing to this circumstance, when it became necessary to select a badge, the acorn suggested itself as an exceedingly appropriate emblem for that purpose, and it was therefore adopted by General Orders No. 62
, issued from Headquarters Department of the Cumberland, at Chattanooga
, April 26, 1864.
The badge of the Fifteenth Corps derives its origin from the following incident:--During the fall of 1863 the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps were taken from Meade
's army, put under the command of General Joe Hooker
, and sent to aid in the relief of Chattanooga
, where Thomas
was closely besieged.
They were undoubtedly better dressed than the soldiers of that department, and this fact, with the added circumstance of their wearing corps badges, which were a novelty to the Western
armies at that time, led to some sharp tilts, in words, between the Eastern
and Western soldiers.
One day a veteran of Hooker
's command met an Irishman of Logan
's Corps at the spring where they went to fill their canteens.
“What corps do you belong to?”
said the Eastern
veteran, proud in the possession of the distinguishing badge on his cap, which told his story for him. “What corps, is it?”
said the gallant son of Erin, straightening his back; “the Fifteenth, to be sure.”
“Where is your badge?”
“My badge, do ye say?
There it is!”