Which One is the US Flag?

Which flag above is the the flag of the USA?

If you said both, you’d be correct!

The one we are so familiar with, the one on the left, is our military flag for military affairs only. The one on the right is our civil flag!

Where did this silly notion come from you might ask? Well for staters, (as Richard McDonald wrote on his site called Hornswoggled) in Nathan Hawthorn’s book The Scarlet Letter the introduction, titled “The Custom House,” includes this description:

From the loftiest point of its roof, during precisely three and a half hours of each forenoon, floats or droops, in breeze or calm, the banner of the republic; but with the thirteen stripes turned vertically, instead of horizontally, and thus indicating that a civil, and not a military post of Uncle Sam’s government, is here established.

Also, on June 14th, 1777, Congress directed that a U.S. flag consist of 13 stripes, alternating red and white; that a union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation. Through usage, horizontal stripes were adopted for use over military posts and vertical stripes adopted for use over civilian posts like customs houses. Many civilian people who were rich enough to afford the civil flag took to flying them at their personal homes. (Info taken from the American Patriot Network).

Some historians believe that the Federal government, disbanded the civilian governments in each state and replaced them with military governments after the Civil War thus discontinuing the civil flag to show it’s power over the states.  This then put the military flag we call Old Glory as the sole flag emblem representing the people of the United States, united under military/admiralty law. Great way to take away our sovereignty, eh?

As for me, I’m going to find a civil flag to fly on my flag pole and announce to one and all, that I’m a sovereign woman on the land and that common law, not military law, rules over me!


1 Comment »

  1. Barry Said:

    They both are …beautiful blog by a beautiful lady. I’ll look forward to more of your illuminating views of history and politics.

    You are a cutie …

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