Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Iron Brigade Insignia

This is probably my favorite graphic design project, inspired by the monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield after my visit there during the 145th anniversary of the battle on July 1 - 3, 2008.

During the American Civil War, the Iron Brigade of the West, also known as the Black Hat Brigade for the dress Hardee hats the men wore, was one of the most disciplined and hardest fighting infantry units in the Union Army and was greatly feared by the enemy because of its tenacity and "iron" will.

It consisted of five volunteer infantry units from what was then considered the "western" states of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.

The Iron Brigade was most proud of its designation 1st Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps of the Army of the Potomac and it received its most lasting fame on July 1, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Iron Brigade of the West suffered the highest percentage of casualties of any brigade in the Civil War.

My Great Great Grandfather Abner Austin was a member of the Iron Brigade, serving as a Private in Company I of the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded on that fateful day at Gettysburg but survived the war and was honorably discharged in 1865 at the age of 19.

A wide variety of gifts items featuring this design are available in my CafePress stores:

Iron Brigade Collection
24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade Collection

Digital graphic design copyright © 2008 Kristina Austin Scarcelli and may not be used in any manner without my permission. All rights reserved.


Anonymous said...

Your songs are wonderful and your Iron Brigade design (Blue) is GREAT! Take it from a Iron Brigade Re-Enactor (2nd Wisconsin)

Dan Heibler


Thank you, Dan! I am thrilled that you enjoy my work. Thanks for all you do to honor the memory of the Iron Brigade!