Regimental Flags

There were two flags associated with the Royal Deuxponts or von Zweibrucken regiment. Both flags can be clearly seen in von Blarenburgh painting of the Surrender at Yorktown.

Royal Deuxponts Regimental Flag

The Regimental Flag was carried by the third company of the Second Batallion (cf. "Line of Battle"). There was no "French" or national flag during this period. A gold fringed, white cravate attached to the flag staff by a multicolored cord was presented to the regiment by the king of France and indicated it was a French regiment.

The orginal regimental flag was destroyed during WWII but Gherdi Davis prepared a detailed plate of the flag from an earlier drawing and provides the following description.

"A white St. Andrew's cross, each arm bearing two golden fleur-de-lys. A crown in the center of the cross. The upper and lower triangles striped in with six white and five red verticle wavey striped. The right and left-hand triangles with six white and five blue horizontal wavey stripes.

"The arms of the Duke of Deuxponts are placed on this flag, but in a very unusual manner, mainly: they are separated into four arms each with a mantling. The triangle next to the staff and the opposite triangle are charged with the following arms: per pale, the Palatinate and Bavaria. The upper triangle bears the: per pale Velsenz and Hohnstein; the lower triangle bears per pale Rappolstein and Hohenack. The mantlings are blue, the dexter side charged with the arms of hohnstein and Hohenack, a not very common but very artistic method of drawing the mantlings. The plate is a very accurate copy of Mr. Hollander's drawing: the latter being on tracing paper could not be used for the purpose of making the plate.

Royal Deuxponts Colonel Flag

The Colonel's Flag was the carried by the second company of the first batallion. Eugene Leliepvre provided a drawing of this flag in an article in the Carnet de la Sabretache along with a description of the mantling. The regimental motto "Nec Pluribus Impar" ("Outnumbered but not Overpowered").

The Arms appear in the upper row 3-4-1-2 and 4-3-6-5 in the lower.

  1. Veldenz - a silver field with azure lion and lampasse of gueules crowned in gold.
  2. Hohnstein - red and white checkboard.
  3. Patalinate of the Rhine - a sable lion with gold crown.
  4. Bavaria - fusele in bandes of azur and silver.
  5. Hohenack - silver with three heads and collars in sable with gold crowns .
  6. Ribeaupierre - silver with three shields of red.

Description of the Port Drapeau's Uniform

Manner of Saluting with the Flag