Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag
Army Headquarters Flag

Army Headquarters Flag

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On 15 December 1880, Commanding General William Tecumseh Sherman approved a design for a flag of the Headquarters of the United States Army. Before Congress settled on the Stars and Stripes in 1777, Lieutenant General George Washington had a headquarters flag of thirteen six-pointed white stars, but no stripes, on a field of Continental blue. It appears in a painting of the Battle of Trenton done by Charles Willson Peale in 1779, and in one of the Battle of Princeton by James Peale and William Mercer done between 1779 and 1786. The stars, however, are arranged differently in the two paintings.

In the Civil War, Major General George B. McClellan and Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant simply employed large, national flags to locate their headquarters in the field or in camp. Grant's was described by his son as "the ordinary bunting United States flag in size that is known as the field flag.

At the lower left of the sketch approved by General Sherman in 1880 is a partially removed, engraved label for the firm J. H. Wilson of Philadelphia, which retailed all branches of military goods and regalia from 1873 to 1899. The label suggests that James H. Wilson's company designed the flag. The Army is known to have bought a flag of this design from that firm in 1885 for the impressive sum of $485.

An example of the Sherman-approved headquarters flag appeared at auction in 2011 from the estate of the great-grandson of Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield, Commanding General from 1888 to 1895. That heavily embroidered silk flag is 80 by 76 inches and its color follows the blue field of the U.S. Infantry regimental color.

In the late nineteenth century there was a division of authority in the Army between the Commanding General, who controlled the troops, and the Secretary of War who, through the Bureau Chiefs, headed administration. The Secretary of War got his own flag in 1897 and the Army Chief of Staff-whose position replaced that of Commanding General in 1903-was authorized his own flag in 1917. The headquarters flag of the United States Army fell into disuse.

Reference: https://history.army.mil/news/2013/131215a_armyFlag.html

Our shirts run a little small and are athletic fit so if you are in-between sizes or are unsure, please order up one size.

Ultra Soft Tri-Blend (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon) construction. 

***This shirt is thinner and lighter than our normal shirts because of the Tri-Blend vintage construction. Please be aware it's a little more slim-fitting than a regular t-shirt -- you may have to order up one size. 

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11/21/2019
Jay C.
United States United States

Another nice shirt

I bought this for my wife who was in the US Army for well over 10 years. Shirt quality is consistent with their other shirts and is a real nice quality. Screen print as well was done to last tons of washes. I only suggest to order a size bigger than you normally wear as the shirt is a lighter weight material so if you conceal carry or just want a shirt that is more loose.

CT
11/19/2019
Carolyn T.
United States United States

Everything I hoped for and more

Purchased 5 shirts when I purchased this shirt, and I have to say, this is one of my favorites. Actually I love all 5! Will be purchasing more for Christmas presents for my brothers!

WJ
11/11/2019
Will J.
United States United States

Good Shirt

Shirt was what I thought it would be. Good material

KM
10/18/2019
Kristen M.
United States United States

Army HQ

Love the Army HQ shirt. Soft and true fit for Large. Gifting it to my husband for Christmas! Can't post to social media for that reason. ;)L

VB
10/03/2019
Vince B.
United States United States

Great shirt!

Great shirt! When I saw the Army Headquarters shirt on the website I had to have since I was in the Army! The shirt graphics are great, the material soft and good quality!