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Cavalry Corps Flag
courtesy of the U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, Kansas
One of the more unique objects in the U. S. Cavalry Museum collection is the Army of the Potomac/Cavalry Corps flag. General Philip Sheridan directed the flag be made and presented it to the assembled officers at the Society of the Cavalry Corps meeting held in Harrisburg, PA in May 1874. The French-made silk flag has the words Society of the Cavalry Corps of the Armies of the United States encircling a hand-painted image of crossed sabers and laurel wreath. This group met almost annually from after the Civil War through the turn of the 20th century. The flag, found in the attic of an Indiana farmhouse, became a part of the Cavalry Museum's collection in the 1980s.
The museum opened in 1957 and is housed in an 1853 stone building. It is free and open to the public Monday-Saturday 0900-1630, Sunday 1200-1630, and on all federal holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day and Easter Sunday. Fort Riley is also home to the 1st Infantry Division Museum, which is open Monday-Saturday 1000-1600, Sunday 1300-1600, and on the same holiday schedule as the Cavalry Museum. The museums’ Website is http://www.riley.army.mil/Recreation/Museums.asp.
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