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Flags, or colors, helped boost spirits and keep soldiers together on a smoky, often-confusing battlefield. American troops marched under flags of all sorts during the war. A pine tree standing for liberty was popular in New England. A coiled snake with the words "Don't Tread On Me" appeared all over the colonies. The Continental Congress decided in June, 1777 that the U.S. flag should have 13 stripes of red and white and 13 stars on a blue background. Even after the Stars and Stripes became the official flag of the United States, American forces continued to fly other flags. This piece of a flag with a red, 8-pointed star was once part of a flag owned by Colonel Hugh Maxwell of Charlemont, Massachusetts.


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Revolutionary flag remnant

date   1776-1783
location   Unknown
height (sight)   11.5"
width (sight)   6.5"
process/materials   linen
item type   Ceremonial Artifact/
accession #   #1886.15.01

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