The pattern of the National flag or "Stars and Stripes" as we now
know it was enacted into law on April 4, 1818:
"Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the
United States in congress assembled, That from and after the fourth
day of July next, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal
stripes, alternate red and white; that the union have twenty stars,
white in a blue field. And be it further enacted, That on the admission
of every new State into the Union, one star be added to the union
of the flag;...."
Although this act established the basic pattern of the flag as we
know it today, it did not define the arrangement of the stars. However
the Revised Regulations of the Army of the United States
specified that the blue union of the national flag was to extend
one third of the length of the flag and was to extend down to the
lower edge of the fourth red stripe. Notice in the photos of the
national flags that the unions or cantons of the flag are variously
sized from square to rectangular. The arrangement of the stars or
star pattern and the shape of the canton in each national flag allows
identification of the manufacturer of the flags made under government
The Regimental flag or color was a blue silk flag decorated with
an eagle and federal shield. The eagle's claws held an olive branch
and arrows. "E Pluribus Unum" was emblazoned on an upper banner
either above the eagle or in the eagle's beak. Below the eagle was
another banner bearing the name and number of the regiment. Above
the eagle were stars representing the number of states in the Union.
The flag was fringed with yellow fringe.
Based on the drawing of the eagle, the position of the eagle's head,
the position of the upper and lower banners and the position of
the stars, the location and name of the manufacturer of the flag
can usually be identified.
Flag photos are continuously being updated
to the database.
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