The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: June 14

PHILADELPHIA, In CONGRESS, JUNE 14, 1777.
Resolved, that the FLAG of the United States be THIRTEEN STRIPES alternate red and white; that the union be THIRTEEN STARS white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. Extract from the minutes, CHARLES THOMSON, Sec'ry.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) September 19, 1777
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No pattern was designated for the stars on the early flag; thus on one flag the 13 stars were arranged in a circle, on another, in a diamond, and yet another in lines of 3,2,3,2,3. In 1818, Congress decided that the number of stripes would remain at 13, while stars continued to be added for each state added to the union.

Sources: Ency Britannica, Micropedia, v. 11 "Stars and Stripes"

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