George Washington's
Commander's Flag

Date: 1777

Blue field, 13 white six-pointed stars. (R7)

This flag has been suggested, along with others, as being the origin of the canton of stars in the Stars and Stripes.

The George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief Flag was his personal standard during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This flag symbolized the presence and authority of the Commander-in-Chief as he led the Continental Army in its struggle to win independence and liberty, and to create the new American nation.

There are thirteen, large, six pointed stars with elongated rays. They are in a 3 2 3 2 3 pattern in layout. The six pointed stars are "patterned" after English heraldic language. The flag itself was donated to the Valley Forge Historical Society from a descendant of George Washington.