Colour Guard Flag Collection
The Society remains delighted to receive additional flags and
to enlarge its stand. As more research about the Revolution is done,
(old) flags are being found.
A brief description of each Society's 51 flags is presented here,
a colour drawing. You can click on the thumbnail picture of each flag
to view a larger image. There is a navigation bar at the bottom of the
page view other flags in our collection.
Flags 1 to 10
||1. The National Colour - the flag of
the United States with 50 stars, including the two representing the most
recently added states of Hawaii and Alaska. This flag became official on
July 4, 1960. Presented by A. Simpson Williams, Jr., in memory of his
uncle, Dr. J. Fulmer Bright.
||2. The Flag of the Commonwealth of
Virginia - bearing the State seal with the motto, "Sic Semper Tyrannis"
- Thus Always to Tyrants. The seal and the motto adopted in 1776 soon
after Virginia declared her independence from Great Britain express this
recommendation of a committee consisting of George Mason, Richard Henry
Lee, George Wythe, and Robert Carter Nichols. Presented by G. Moffett
King, in memory of J. Jordan Leake, a former president of the Virginia
||3. Virginia Society Flag - We have
two Flags for the Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the
Commonwealth of Virginia. The one on permanent display at the Yorktown
National Battlefield Park was donated by George A. Zabriskie. The one on
display in Richmond, was donated by friends of McLain T. O'Ferrall.
||4. Betsy Ross Flag - with the stars
arranged in a circle. Although often used as a symbol of the American
Revolution, This flag was never adopted by Congress. It was used by
General Schuyler and the New York Troops. Presented by W. Brydon Tennant.
||5. First Stars and Stripes - the
first official flag adopted by Congress, June 14, 1777. First used on the
sloop "Ranger", commanded by John Paul Jones. The Stars follow the canton
of the Grand Union flag. Not until 1834 was any regiment of the Army
authorized to carry the Stars and Stripes. Presented by Alfred P. Goddin
and C. Hobson Goddin in memory of Captain Alfred P. Goddin, Jr., killed in
action in the Philippines April 1, 1945.
||6. Continental Flag or Grand Union Flag
- displayed January 1, 1776, by General Washington at Cambridge,
Massachusetts. The canton is that of the Union of England and Scotland,
the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew. The stripes are from the ensign
of the East India Company chosen because of the significance of the
thirteen colonies. Presented by Frederick P. Wilmer. and T. Wilson Wilmer
in memory of their father, Arthur P. Wilmer.
||7. Culpeper Minute Men - The flag of the Battalion
Culpeper Minute Men of 1775. This Battalion of 150 wore uniforms of green
hunting shirts with the motto "Liberty or Death" across the chest. They
were called "The Shirtmen". They were in the front at the Battle of Great
Bridge in November, 1775 against Lord Dunsmore, the last Royal Govenor of
Virginia. One volunteer wanted the motto changed to "Liberty Or Be
Crippled". Presented by Joseph Y. Gayle, Dr. R. Finley Gayle, Lester T.
Gayle and Kenneth H. Gayle in the memory of their Revolutionary War
ancestors, Captain Robert Gayle and William Richardson.
||8. Hanover Flag - The flag of the first Virginia
Regiment also known as the "Shirtmen". One of the flags of the First
Virginia Regiment. It was used first by "Shirtmen" of Hanover County,
Virginia. Presented in memory of the officers and men of that regiment and
one soldier of that regiment who served at Trenton, Princeton, Germantown,
Valley Forge, Monmouth and Guilford, by General Edwin Cox, a former
||9. Washington's Headquarters Flag - First flown at
Valley Forge and subsequently the Headquarters Flag of the Continental
Army. It has 13 stars, wach with six points on a blue field. Presented by
William Ronald Cocke III, in memory of his Revolutionary ancestor, Captain
||10. United States Flag - with forty-eight stars.
Presented by A. J. Battle, Jr.
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