US Flags: Part 3

by David B. Martucci


"A New Constellation"

First Stars and Stripes
First Official U.S. Flag, 1777-1795 (typical variant)
On Saturday, June 14, 1777, The Journal of the Continental Congress recorded the business of that body as having been primarily within the sphere of the Marine Committee. For example, directions are sought regarding the fleet in the Delaware in case of British attack and John Paul Jones is appointed as Captain of the Ranger. In between, without a word of comment or explanation, is the resolve that "the Flag of the united states be 13 stripes alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation."


John Paul Jones' Serapis Flag
Ensign of the "Serapis," 1779

The text is in process of being written.


See also:

Before the Stripes

The Continental Colors

The "Rebellious Stripes"

The Eagle Standard

Great Star Flags

Star Spangled Flag Makers

The Flag Today

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