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 flag is presented here,
a colour drawing. You can click on the thumbnail picture of each flag
to view a larger image.
Flags 11 to 20
||11. Guilford Flag - The flag of the North Carolina
Militia carried at Camden, King's Mountain, Cowpens, Hillsborough, and
Guilford against the British. The costly campaign led to the final defeat
of Lord Cornwallis. The flag has 13 blue stars, each with eight points,
against a white background. It also has blue and red stripes, rather than
the usual red and white ones. Presented by Samuel Spencer Jackson and
Herbert Worth Jackson, a former president.
||12. Crescent Flag of South Carolina - This Flag was
used by troops under the command of Colonel Moultrie at Charleston in
1776. It is the basis of the state flag of South Carolina adopted later.
Presented by William Rhodes Thomas, in memory of his Revolutionary War
ancestor, Captain Michael Thomas.
||13. Bunker Hill Flag - Is the so-called New England
Flag with a pine tree, the New England symbol of liberty, flown at the
Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. The flag dates back to a
pre-revolutionary maritime flag with the addition of the "pine tree". It
has the Red Cross of St. George. Presented by Herbert Worth Jackson, Jr.,
a former president.
||14. The Bennington Flag - This is the first stars
and stripes carried by any land force in battle (Battle of Bennington,
Vermont, August 16, 1777) and the first flag to be "raised in victory". It
demonstrates how little concern there was in the first decades of the
United States for standardized flag patterns. Presented by Barbour N. and
Jane Douthat Thornton, in memory of General Stephen Moylan and Colonel
Thomas Barbour, officers of the Revolution.
||15. The Flag of the Continental Navy - The First
Continental flag, this colour was used on some of the thirteen ships
provided by Congress in 1775. It bore the famous rattlesnake symbol,
already seen on the Culpeper Minutemen Flag and the motto "Don't tread on
me". Presented in memory of Archie P. Cone, by a group of his friends.
||16. Franklin Flag - The first flag with red, white
and blue stripes. Believed by some to have been designed by Benjamin
Franklin and flown by John Paul Jones in his engagement with the Serapis
in 1779. Presented by the Virginia Society.
||17. The Flag of the 11th Virginia Regiment - This
regiment was organized from riflemen that marched to Cambridge,
Massachusetts in 1775, under Daniel Morgan. Two years later, it was
reorganized as a corps of rangers. When the number of Virginia regiments
was reduced to 11 from 15, the 11th Virginia became the 7th Virginia.
Presented in memory of John Shiflett, soldier of the Revolution, by Ronald
Cocke and Walter C. Shiflett.
||18. Virginia Committee of Safety Flag - Authorized
by the Virginia Committee of Safety in session at Hanovertown, Virginia,
September 18, 1775. This was the first official flag of the Virginia
troops. "Constitutional Liberty" was the theme of the Virginia leaders of
the Revolution. Presented in memory of certain officers and men from
Chesterfield County and Richard Bland, by General Edwin Cox, a former
||19. Flag of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment,
Continental Line - Companion of flags which commemorated the defense
of Ft. Moultrie in 1776, and which were then carried on to even greater
bravery and tragedy in the assault on the British Spring Hill redoubt at
Savannah, Georgia, in 1776. Presented by Howze Haskell, in memory of his
brother John Cheves Haskell. (Blue Flag)
||20. This flag is identical to Flag #19, except for
its colouring. Presented by Victor C. Barringer, in memory of his son,
Victor C. Barringer, Jr. (Red Flag)
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