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History of the Bennington Flag
The Bennington Flag is a variation of the Stars and Stripes national flag of the United States of America. While it is similar to the current version, it also has some noticeable differences. These make it a very striking variation of the national flag, and very popular with collectors. Its history is somewhat disputed, making its particular design quite enigmatic. Whatever its provenance, when flown it is absolutely unmistakable.
The main feature of the Bennington Flag which singles it out from other versions of Old Glory is the number 76, a reference to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This is the focus of the canton of the flag, at the hoist side. It is picked out in white, against a dark blue background. The 76 figure is the most prominent feature of both the canton and the flag itself.
Above and around the 76 are arranged 13 stars. 11 of these are in an arc, and two are placed at the top corners of the canton. These 13 stars represent the 13 British colonies which declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1776. The rest of the Bennington Flag consists of 13 stripes, colored white and red.
As well at the emblematic 76 figure, the Bennington Flag has other unique features. The 13 stripes are arranged with white at the top and bottom, unlike the modern design. The canton itself, to the top left of the design, is noticeably larger than the current blue canton with 50 stars. This gives a hint to its history as a military pennant, to be followed in battle.
The Battle of Bennington was fought on 16 August 1777, part of the American Revolutionary War. Bennington is a town in Vermont, but the actual battle was fought in New York State, in Walloomsac, about 10 miles west of Bennington itself.
The Battle of Bennington was a pivotal encounter in the American Revolutionary War, and one of the signals that the United Kingdom would lose its colonies in North America. This is why the Bennington Flag is a popular collector's item, especially among military historians.
By 1777, the United Kingdom government had already come to terms with losing New England to its former colonists. Its strategy was to separate New England from those colonies to the south, including Vermont. They considered Vermont to be more loyal to the British crown than Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and other New England territories.
The revolutionaries fought a coalition of British, German, Canadian, Loyalist, and Native American forces. The Green Mountain Boys, a militia established by Ethan Allen in the 1760s, were a large part of the soldiery which defeated this coalition. This type of home grown army still resonates with many modern Americans who treasure their independent, revolutionary spirit.
The Bennington Flag is both a commemoration of an event in history and an acclamation of current values. Its distinctive design singles it out from other versions of the Stars and Stripes, making it collectible and significant.