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20 Star Flag - (1818-1819) (U.S.)

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[US 20 star flag 1818] by Mark Sensen, 4 December 1997

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Description of the flag

In 1818, five stars were added, representing Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee, bringing the total number of stars to 20. Congress proclaimed that one star for each new state would be added on the 4th of July following the state's admission to the union and there would be a return to thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.
Rick Wyatt, 5 April 1998

William Driver

The famous "Old Glory" of Capt. William Driver was a 20-star flag, made by his daughters and preserved by the captain after he retired to Nashville, Tennessee. He hid it from Confederate forces during the Civil War and it now reposes, faded badly, in a museum where no photographs are permitted. That flag has the conventional four rows of five stars each.
William Dunning, 31 March 1998