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New York 3rd "Hussars" Cavalry (U.S.)


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[3rd New York Hussars Regiment] image located by Bill Garrison, 24 June 2007

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Description of the flag

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Cavalry Flag of 3rd New York "Hussars" This exquisite and quite rare style of embroidered flag belonged to Capt. George W. Sauer's Company C of the 3rd Cavalry, known as the "German Hussars" from New York City. They volunteered for federal service and left the state on July 23, 1861. The company was composed of one hundred volunteers from other companies upon the request of the General Government for some cavalry, for three months' service, and left the state July 23, 1861.

The officers of the company were as follows: Capt. Sauer, age 33, enrolled at New York City, to serve three months, and mustered as Captain, July 23, 1861; mustered out with company, November 2, 1861, at New York; Charles Lambert, First lieutenant, mustered out with company, November 2, 1861, at New York City.

Side A: Blue silk field, gilt thread star in all four corners. Center panel is composed of a floss silk portrait of the Hussar's commanding officer mounted on a white horse, sword drawn and raised in his right hand with gilt epaulets. Wearing a medium blue triple breasted Hussar pelisse and a black leather shako. Trousers matching the jacket in color with a gold stripe on the outer seam. All set against blue sky with white clouds interspersed. Stars are 1 1/4" across points. The fringe measures 2 1/4".

Side B: Hand embroidered using gold gilt thread. Double sprigged wreath surmounted at junction by U.S. eagle. Two U.S. flags with 13 stars suspended from brown velvet lances with halberd heads with a Union shield at bottom. Blue silk field, yellow silk fringe on 3 sides. 21" on the hoist by 241/2" on the fly. 13/4" sleeve. The script reads "3d Regt., 1st Troop, NY, German Hussars".

Authentication: Letters of authenticity and research from renowned Civil War flag expert and author Howard Michael Madaus.