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Yorktown Battle Flag

  • The American Revolution
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

There were several Battle Flags flown over the crucial and decisive Battle of Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. The engagement sealed the independence of the recently declared United States. On such unusual Battle color did not survive time, but was so well documented by a British Officer, that accurate reproductions could be created.  Just who the actual designer was or why the unusual coloring was picked, is a matter of speculation. Flown over the Right of the American Lines against Yorktown, The "Simcoe Flag" (as it has become known), featured an Upper Left Canton in light Blue, with traditional military 6-pointed stars in White. The states represented the 13 ex-Colonies, now States. Rather than using the standard Red and White stripes (which had by then become a standard image associated with The Colonies, the designer chose 7 Red stripes and 6 Blue stripes. This too added up to "13" (another reference to the number of now "Free States". Modern examples are occasionally still flown over Yorktown Battlefield National Park.