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HOLLYWOOD
12-11-2007, 06:05 PM
I've included FLAGS of the Revolutionary War and their history/meaning/affiliations!

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The first NAVY JACK Flag - Conceived by Commodore Hopkins in 1775, the 1st Navy Jack was originally used as a signal to engage the enemy. It has 13 alternating red and white stripes with an uncoiled rattlesnake emblem and the motto "Don't Tread on Me." Since September 11, 2002, all U.S. Navy ships have been flying the 1st Navy Jack in the global war on terrorism.

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The Bennington flag flew over the military stores in Bennington, Vermont, on August 16, 1777. The American militia led by General John Stark, defeated a large British raiding force, thus protecting the military supplies at Bennington. Note that this flag begins with a white stripe.

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The first official American flag, known as "the Betsy Ross flag" is the most debated flag in American history. Adopted June 14, 1777 (later to become Flag Day), Continental Congress resolved "that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation." Since Congress didn't specify dimensions, proportions or size of the field or canton, an arrangement for the stars or even the shape of the flag, there were many variations in American flags until 1912.

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History of the Bunker Hill Flag. On the nights of June 16 & 17, 1775, The Americans fortified Breed's and Bunker Hills overlooking Boston Harbor, Although the had not officially declared their independence, a fight was underway. When the British advanced up the slope the next day they saw an early New England flag, possibly a red or blue banner. Many early Colonial flags had been made by altering the English flag and most still contained a reference to the mother country. This was an example that the Colonists still saw themselves as British subjects but were declaring their right to be free from violation of their liberties.

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History of the Continental Flag. This flag uses a version of the British Red Ensign or Meteor flag with a green New England Pine tree substituted for the Union flag in the canton. The Continental flag is beleived to have been carried at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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History of the Culpeper Flag. This flag represented a group of about one hundred minutemen from Culpeper, Virginia. The group formed part of Colonel Patrick Henry's First Virginia Regiment of 1775. In October - November 1775 three hundred such minutemen, led by Colonel Stevens, assembled at Culpeper Court House and marched for Williamsburg. Their unusual dress alarmed the people as they marched through the country. The word "Liberty Or Death" were in large white letters on the breast of their hunting shirts. They had bucks' tails in their hats and in their belts, tomahawks and scalping knives.

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The Moultrie Flag was designed in 1775, and flew over Fort Moultrie (then Ft. Sullivan) in Charleston Harbour. This flag was shot away by the British in a battle in 1776. This was the flag of the South Carolina "Minute men."

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The Gadsden Flag is also know as the Don't tread on me flag. This flag was first used by Commodore Esek Hopkins, the first Commander in Chief of the New Continental Fleet, when his ships put to sea for the first time in February, 1776. Flags with the symbol of the rattlesnake were very popular in Rhode Island at this time. Colonel Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina copied this flag and presented it to the Continental Congress.

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The Grand Union Flag 1775 is also known as the Continental flag, it is the first true U.S. Flag. It combined the British King's Colours and the thirteen stripes signifying Colonial unity. George Washington liked this design so well that he chose it to be flown to celebrate the formation of the Continental Army on New Years Day, 1776. On that day the Grand Union Flag was proudly raised on Prospect Hill in Somerville, near his headquarters at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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History of the Green Mountain Boys Flag. On August 16, 1777 the "Green Mountain Boys" fought under General Stark at the Battle of Bennington. It's green field represented their name and the thirteen white stars a tribute to the thirteen colonies. A notable victory of the Green Mountain Boys under Ethan Allen, occurred on the morning of May 10, 1775, when they silently invaded the British held Fort Ticonderoga and demanded its surrender "In the name of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress". The captured cannon and mortars were transported across the snow covered mountains of New England and their installation on the heights over Boston Harbor enabled Washington to force the British to leave that important seaport

HOLLYWOOD
12-11-2007, 06:08 PM
Here's part 2 of the revolutionary flags and meanings....

I hope you all enjoy the colorful history.

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History of Guilford Courthouse Flag. This flag is an example of the lack in uniformity in American flags during the Revolutionary period as each group chose what flag to be used as its standard. This flag has the unique elements of an elongated canton and blue stripes. It was raised over the Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina on March 15, 1781 under the leadership of General Greene whose militiamen halted the British advance through the Carolinas and turned them back to the seaport towns. This was one of the bloodiest battles of the long was with the britsh losing over a quarter of their troops.

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History of the Rhode Island Regiment Flag. In Rhode Island the anchor has been used as a state symbol ever since 1647 which is evident in the current State flag. The anchor represents Rhode Island's seafaring activities and the thirteen stars, the original thirteen colonies. The native Rhode Islanders were among the first to join the Minutemen outside Boston. The Rhode Island Regiments served at the Battles of Brandywine, Trenton and Yorktown. This flag is preserved today in the State House at Providence, Rhode Island.

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History of the First National Flag. This is one of the most recognized British Maritime flags. This flag was widely used on ships during the Colonial period, and was the first National flag of the United States.

piotr1
12-11-2007, 07:21 PM
Awesome! I just ordered on Monday a 15 foot http://www.wonderpole.com/

i'm planning to fly a 3x5 U.S. Flag on top and under it a 3x5 or 2x2 gadsden flag at the teaparty in boston.

What do you guys think?

HOLLYWOOD
12-11-2007, 10:05 PM
Awesome! I just ordered on Monday a 15 foot http://www.wonderpole.com/

i'm planning to fly a 3x5 U.S. Flag on top and under it a 3x5 or 2x2 gadsden flag at the tea party in boston.

What do you guys think?

I wish we had more time and a dozen of the 10-12 foot poles to put the revolutionary flags on for Boston this weekend.
It would be a magnificent site to see all of us marching along with the flags held high for TEA PARTY 07!

HOLLYWOOD
12-11-2007, 10:29 PM
Awesome! I just ordered on Monday a 15 foot http://www.wonderpole.com/

i'm planning to fly a 3x5 U.S. Flag on top and under it a 3x5 or 2x2 gadsden flag at the tea party in boston.

What do you guys think?

I wish we had more time and a dozen of the 10-12 foot poles to put the revolutionary flags on for Boston this weekend. Collapsible poles are very convenient too!
It would be a magnificent site to see all of us marching along with the flags held high for TEA PARTY 07!

Thrice
12-12-2007, 01:45 AM
My family sells flags. I wonder if I would be able to grab a few of these for our meetup group.