Flag Collection

    The Guilford Flag

    1781 - 1787

    The flag was raised over the Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina on March 15, 1781. "Today this flag has thirteen stars and twelve stripes. However, there is evidence that the flag originally was considerably larger and had the appearance shown here. Certainly its size precludes use on the battlefield. There is no known significance to the six and eight points on stars frequently seen in early American flags, although some have hinted at Masonic symbolism as a possible origin. American coins unit the mid-nineteenth century frequently had stars of more than five points."

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