Fifth Corps Badge


This fifth corps badge, in the shape of a Maltese cross, is in fair condition and was recovered in the area of Five Forks, VA. According to Mike Singer, a leading authority of Civil War corps badges and longtime relic hunter, this brass plate supported a frame which was attached at each of the four small holes found in the plate. The missing frame, likely constructed of gold plated brass, held a piece colored fabric in place on top of the plate. The color of the fabric indicated which division the badge represented, red for the First Division, white for the Second Division, and blue for the Third Division. The brass now has a deep green patina partially covered by a very thin layer of encrusted yellow soil. The rear still retains remnants of its attachment device. The plate measures approximately 1.32 x 1.33 inches It has minor bending but otherwise no cracks or repairs. Examples of other Fifth Corps badges are found in the following Civil War relic reference books:

"Civil War Corps Badges and Other Related Awards, Badges, Medals of the Period." by Stanley S. Phillips, pages 28-33.
"Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of the Civil War 1861-1865 Supplement I" by Stanley S. Phillips, page 78.
"Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 160.

Read a portion from Phillips' corps badge book about The Formation of Army Corps and also about Army Corp Badges of the Civil War by clicking on their respective links.

Corps badges were proudly worn by soldiers and this one will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War insignia or general relic collection. 

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