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Flags from the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment of the Continental Line

M.A.D. Staff | July 13th, 2014

During Antiques Week in New Hampshire, a side trip to the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord will provide a glimpse of New Hampshire’s role in the Revolutionary War. On display at the society’s headquarters are two flags from the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment of the Continental Line. The flags were captured by the British 9th Regiment of Foot (of Burgoyne’s troops) on July 8, 1777, at Fort Anne in New York. The flags were packed into the personal baggage of British commander Lieutenant Colonel John Hill, and he took them to England when he returned home.

In 1912, Edward Tuck, the philanthropist who donated funds for the Beaux-Arts building on 30 Park Street in the state’s capital that houses the society, was notified by Hill’s descendants that the flags were for sale in an antiques store in London. Tuck purchased them to donate, and they now are framed and on display in the grand central staircase in the society’s building. 

Director of collections and exhibitions Wesley Balla said, “Flags from the birth of our nation are extremely rare, and only a handful are known to have survived. As a result, they are prized by both the New Hampshire Historical Society and the country.”

The New Hampshire Historical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, check the Web site (www.nhhistory.org) or call (603) 228-6688.

This is a Revolutionary War flag of the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment Continental Army, captured by the British (9th Regiment of Foot of Burgoyne’s troops) at Fort Anne, New York, July 8, 1777. The 60" x 68" flag is made from two widths of fine shantung-type silk and is a natural buff or yellow color. A “Union Jack” silk appliqué is in the upper right corner and consists of eight triangles, alternately red and blue, that form an upright and a diagonal cross. The center sunburst has 13 rays and “WE ARE ONE” painted in the center. Thirteen entwined circles, painted gold, surround the sunburst. Each circle has the name of a colony painted in black.

Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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