An item on pages 57 and 59 from Keith Bohannon, “The Fatal Halt versus Bad Conduct, John B Gordon, Jubal A Early, and the Battle of Cedar Creek”, in Gary Gallagher (ed), "The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864", UNC Press, 2006, recently caught my attention. It reads as follows: Pvt. Richard Colbert of the 9th Louisiana expressed his resentments of the changes in a July 1864 letter. “I am tired of our being pulled & hauled about as we are no officers no Brigade no Re[g]t taken all the flags out of our brig but one.”
At the time the two Louisiana brigades in the ANV had been combined into a single unit. It would seem that in the course of this restructuring only one flag was retained in the field. Is it known which flag this was? Was it an earlier flag of one of the constituent 10 Louisiana regiments that now made up the brigade or an entirely new flag? If it was the latter, it presumably was of the Fourth Bunting Issue pattern, but can this be confirmed one way or the other?