Official U.S. Flag: 15-Star

The Star Spangled Banner, the 15 Star Flag

The Star Spangled Banner: The 15-star, 15-stripe flag was created by the Flag Act of May 1,1795, adding 2 stripes and 2 Stars. This flag was the only U.S. Flag to have more than 13 stripes. It was immortalized by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Sept 13, 1814. The image above is representative of the actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry on that day and which is now preserved in the Smithsonian Museum. You can notice the "tilt" in some of the stars just as in the original Star Spangled Banner.

Where the original Star Spangled Banner went...

The battle occurred, and the flag won its glory. Armistead was promoted to Lt. Colonel by Madison, and given the flag when he retired.

Armistead died, and legend says that the flag was used in his funeral. Afterwards, his daughter Georgiana Armistead retained possession of the flag.

The flag was used in a reception for General Lafayette. Sometime afterwards, Georgiana gave the flag to her son, Even Appleton.

The flag, ironically, was sent to England for safe keeping during the Civil War.

June 24, 1873
The flag was displayed in the Charleston Naval Yards, and one of the first photographs was taken of it.

The flag was loaned to the Smithsonian for the Centenial Celebration.

Even Appleton donated the flag to the Smithsonian.

Almari Flowler was commissioned to replace the original "sack cloth" backing with linen.

Official Flags of the United States
13-Star 15-Star 20-Star 21-Star 23-Star
24-Star 25-Star 26-Star 27-Star 28-Star
29-Star 30-Star 31-Star 32-Star 33-Star
34-Star 35-Star 36-Star 37-Star 38-Star
43-Star 44-Star 45-Star 46-Star 48-Star

49-Star Presidents 50-Star

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