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During your American History class it is important for your students to learn about the history of the early American flags. This free, printable flag set contains four of the most historically important American flags.
Stars and Bars – While lesser known than the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (usually referred to as simply the Confederate Flag) the Second National Flag, or the Stars and Bars flag, was one of three official flags of the Confederacy. The Stars and Bars was adopted March 4th, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama and was flown from that day to May 1st, 1863. It’s resemblance to the flag of the United States was on purpose by many requests; however it caused confusion on the battle field which necessitated the change to the Second National Flag.
Bennington – The Bennington flag is named after the Battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary War. This flag contains the typical 13 stars and 13 stripes representing the 13 American colonies; however unlike most American flags, the stripes begin and end with white instead of red. It also has a large 76 in the middle of the blue field with the stars; this number recalls the year 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Star Spangled Banner – This flag is also referred to as the Great Garrison Flag as it was the flag that flew over Fort McHenry and the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. This flag contains 15 white stars on a blue field with 15 red and white alternating stripes, beginning with red. This flag contains 2 more stars and stripes than the flags typical of early American history. These two extra stars and stripes represent Vermont and Kentucky and were approved by Congress’s Flag Act of 1974.
Betsy Ross – This flag is one of the most iconic American flags as it was commissioned by the U.S.’s first president, George Washington. Whether this flag was actually made by one Betsy Ross is a hot debate topic and considered false by most current historians. However the flag quickly gained popularity and a stronghold in American iconic culture and has been an icon for over two hundred years.