First American Battle Flag
It is perhaps little known that the first American flag displayed "at sea" was raised by Col. Wynkoop, commander of the Royal Savage, one of Benedict Arnold's little fleet in Lake Champlain, in 1776. This flag was a replica of the first striped flag, hoisted over Washington's headquarters at Cambridge. It consisted of thirteen alternate red and white stripes in the field and retained the colors of England, the united crosses of St. George and St. Andrew on a blue ground, in the canton. This flag was known in England as "The Rebellious Stripes."
Unknown, "First American Battle Flag," The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 25 July 1926, p. SM4.
The "Col. Wynkoop" mentioned in the article above is Commodore Jacobus Wynkoop, whose story may be read here.
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