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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Flying the Bennington Flag

Long May it Wave

By Gary;

The Bennington flag is the latest addition to my collection and is flying this July 4th week on my Central California mountain rancho (above photo).

The NSA already has a foot thick file on me. After all Patriots are "crazy" and maybe even dangerous.

Considering the many flags in my collection I have no doubt that Leftist neighbors have reported me to the Police State as a "subject of interest". A SWAT team may be taking up their positions as I type.

The Bennington flag has been up for two weeks. Before that it was the flag of the Green Mountain Boys.

Also flying at times are three different versions of the Revolutionary War Snake Flag, General Custer's 34 star flag that he carried into the Little Big Horn, flag of the Holy Roman Empire, of the Roman Empire, the Golden Dragon of Wales, the Kingdom of Gondor and others.

My collection continues to grow as do the number of people slowing down to look.

The Bennington flag is a version of the American flag associated with the American Revolution Battle of Bennington, from which it derives its name.

One legend claims that the original Bennington flag was carried off the field by Nathaniel Fillmore and passed down through the Fillmore family, and was, at one time, in the possession of President Millard Fillmore, Nathaniel's grandson. Philetus P. Fillmore flew a Bennington flag in 1877, to commemorate the Battle of Bennington. 

Mrs. Maude Fillmore Wilson donated the family flag to the Bennington Museum. Because of the family association, the flag is also referred to as the "Fillmore flag".

Some doubt the actual use of the Fillmore flag at the Battle of Bennington. A Green Mountain Boys flag belonging to John Stark is generally accepted to have been there, but the Bennington flag has become more strongly associated with the event. 

Both Stark's flag and the Fillmore flag are held in a collection at the Bennington Museum, but the Stark flag is accepted as an 18th-century regimental banner.

Bennington Flag

General John Stark
Hero of the Battle of Bennington
Stark rallied his troops with the cry, "There are your enemies, the Red Coats and the Tories. They are ours, or this night Molly Stark sleeps a widow!"
In 1809, a group of Bennington veterans gathered to commemorate the battle. General Stark, then aged 81, was not well enough to travel, but he sent a letter to his comrades, which closed "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." 

Brigadier-General John Stark at the Battle of Bennington on 16th August 1777 in the American Revolutionary War: picture by Frederick Coffay Yohn

Statue of Brigadier John Stark on the Bennington Battle Memorial.
Battle of Bennington

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