This flag is associated with the Battle of Bennington in 1777. Lore has it that this flag – or something very similar – was flown by colonial forces, the “Green Mountain Boys,” under the command of General John Stark – when they defeated 600 German mercenaries. In 1805, Thomas Jefferson remarked: “The victories of Bennington, the first link in the chain of successes which issued in the surrender of Saratoga, are still fresh in the memory of every American, and the name of him who achieved them dear to his heart… ”
Much about the battle – and the flag that was flown – remains a relative mystery. Some historians, for example, question the location of the battle and the origin of the flag (some argue it was used in the War of 1812, others that it was used for the 50th anniversary of the Revolution). On the other hand, there is very strong evidence that the flag was flown on that fateful day.
In any event, the flag is a powerful symbol of America and the patriots who have given their last full measure of devotion to protect our liberties.
Note that the flag begins with a white stripe.