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Virginia Colonial/Revolutionary War Flags (U.S.)


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Colonial flag

[Flag of Colonial Virginia] image by Randy Young, 29 January 2001

The flag for Virginia was a red field with the inscription in white : VIRGINIA FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY.
source: Standards and Colors of the American Revolution [ric82]
Nick Artimovich, 2 May 1996

3rd Virginia Regiment

[3rd Virginia Regiment flag] image by Douglas Payne, 13 September 2013

We recently installed a display of 51 Revolutionary era and early American flags at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Va. The reproduction flags go back 118 years and we are please to have them on long-term display for all to see.

Along these lines, I re-created five of the most recent flags donated by Society members, one of which was Col. Abraham Buford's Third Virginia Regiment flag captured by Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton at Waxhaws in 1781. The original flag was one of three captured by Tarleton that remained in his family until 2006 when they were sold at Sotheby's in NYC for $17.5 million. You have an illustration of Sheldon's Horse flag on your site now that was one of the three.
Douglas Payne, Jr., 13 September 2013

11th Virginia Regiment

[11th Virginia Regiment flag] image by Randy Young, 3 February 2001

Source: "Flags to Color from the American Revolution."

This flag belongs to the Eleventh Virginia Regiment, as carried by a post-Revolutionary company. The colors are listed as "Buff field, silver scrolls and vines, green wreath."
"Morgan's Rifle Corps began in July 1775, when 75 men marched to join the army at Cambridge. These men, with their new spiral-grooved rifles, were a terror to the British. In Nov. 1776, Morgan became colonel of the 11th Virginia Regiment, and his old corps was made part of the new unit."
Randy Young, 3 February 2001