This silk swallowtail guidon, used as a marker to assist
in battlefield maneuvers, conforms to the “stars and stripes”
pattern described in General Order No. 4, Headquarters of the U.S.
Army, dated January 18, 1862. The flag includes 34 gold-painted stars
in the canton. According to Colonel Levin Crandell, Private
William F. Mullin carried this flag during the battle of Gettysburg
where enemy fire reportedly
shattered the staff.(1995.3689)