instead of straight lines.
No order for its adoption was issued.
The badge of the Seventeenth Corps, said to have been suggested by General M. F. Ford
, and adopted in accordance with General Orders issued by his commander, Major-General Francis P. Blair
, was an arrow.
He says, “In its swiftness, in its surety of striking where wanted, and its destructive powers, when so intended, it is probably as emblematical of this corps as any design that could be adopted.”
The order was issued at Goldsboro, N. C.
, March 25, 1865.
The order further provides that the arrow for divisions shall be two inches long, and for corps headquarters one and one-half inches long, and further requires the wagons and ambulances to be marked with the badge of their respective commands, the arrow being twelve inches long.
A circular issued from the headquarters of the Eighteenth Army Corps June 7, 1864, and General Orders No. 108
, from the same source, dated August 25, 1864, furnish all the information on record regarding the badge of this body.
While both are quite lengthy in description and prescription, neither states what the special design was to be. It was, however, a cross with equi-foliate arms.
The circular prescribed that this cross should be worn by general officers, suspended by a tri-colored ribbon from the left breast.
Division commanders were to have a triangle in the centre of the badge, but brigade commanders were to have the number of their brigade instead; line officers were to suspend their badges by ribbons of the color of their division; cavalry and artillery officers also were to have distinctive badges.
The whole system was quite complex, and somewhat expensive as well, as the badges were to be of metal and enamel in colors.
Enlisted men were to wear the plain cross of cloth, sewed to their left breast.
This order was issued by General W. F. Smith
General Orders 108 issued by General E. O. C. Ord