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Historical US Flags

EVOLUTION OF OLD GLORY


Shown here are the 27 legal flags flown throughout our history, with effective date(s) and state addition(s) that changed the star field. By law, a star is added to the U.S. Flag on the 4th of July following the admission of a State(s) to the Union. Contrary to popular belief, the first official U.S. Flag was not the Betsy Ross Flag (13 stars in a circle) but the staggered star pattern shown in the below 13- star flag. It is important to note that no U.S. Flag ever becomes obsolete. Each flag shown is still a legal flag and may be flown at any time.

13 Stars 1777-1795

15 Stars 1795-1818

20 Stars 1818-1819

21 Stars 1819-1820

23 Stars 1820-1822

24 Stars 1822-1836

25 Stars 1836-1837

26 Stars 1837-1845

27 Stars 1845-1846

28 Stars 1846-1847

29 Stars 1847-1848

30 Stars 1848-1851

31 Stars 1851-1858

32 Stars 1858-1859

33 Stars 1859-1861

34 Stars 1861-1863

    35 Stars 1836-1865

36 Stars 1865-1867

37 Stars 1867-1877

38 Stars 1877-1890

43 Stars 1890-1891

44 Stars 1891-1896

45 Stars 1896-1908

46 Stars 1908-1912

California Republic

Fleur-de-Lis (Blue)

Fleur-de-Lis (White)

Fleur-de-Lis (White)

General Lee's Headquarters

Green Mountain Boys

Guilford Courthouse

Philadelphia Light

Horse Troop

Rhode Island Regiment

Royal Standard of Spain

Russian American Company

Sons of Liberty

Washington's Commander-in-Chief

Washington's Cruisers