Bunker Hill Flag
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History of the Bunker Hill Flag
The Bunker Hill Flag features a striking blue background with a white canton in the upper left corner. Inside of the canton is a red St. George's Cross with a green pine tree in the top left quadrant of the canton. The St. Georges Cross represents ties to England, while the Pine Tree is a symbol of the New England region of the United States. The legend is that this flag was flown at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, however, that claim has been called into question by historical and Vexillological experts.
The most famous visual record of the Battle of Bunker Hill are a series of painting by John Trumbull entitled, "The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775." Trumbull was a soldier in the Continental Army who witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill and later created the these paintings from his memory. He became renowned for his paintings of various famous Revolutionary War scenes. His most famous paintings of the Battle of Bunker Hill include several flags, however, none of the depictions show the Blue Bunker Hill Flag, and moreover, the flags that are depicted have been found to be historically inaccurate, so it seems that the artist may not have paid careful attention to the historical accuracy of the flags featured. A red flag with a white canton that is similar to the Bunker Hill Flag except in red was featured in one of the paintings. The red flag shown is similar to the New England Flag.
The most commonly accepted explanation for the Blue Bunker Hill Flag is that it was the result of an error made by someone who was creating flag charts hundreds of years ago, whereby, they incorrectly filled in the Flag of New England with a blue background instead of red. Moreover, most historians believe that the Union forces likely did not carry any flag at Bunker Hill since they were so disorganized.
Regardless of its historical accuracy, the Bunker Hill Flag serves today as a symbol of The Battle of Bunker Hill. Even though the British won this battle, the British experienced so many casualties that the battle at Bunker Hill proved that even though the Continental Army was an inexperienced, rag-tag bunch, they were able to stand up to the experienced British military. The Continental army did suffer the deaths of General Joseph Warren and Major Andrew McClary during the battle, however, overall many fewer members were lost or injured compared to the British casualties. This battle swayed the war since the British took a much more cautious approach after this, which actually ended up leading to the Continental Army's victory and American Independence.
the Bunker Hill Flag is still flown outside of many homes and buildings as a symbol of the success of the struggle for American independence. While the design of the modern Bunker Hill Flag may not be historically accurate, it still maintains significance for many Americans.