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Rare 1784 map, showing the borders of the new American nation, loaned it to Library of Congress
The first map printed in North America, showing the borders of the new American nation and featuring the "Stars and Stripes" for the first time, will be displayed at the Library of Congress in the spring of 2011. The map by surveyor and counterfeiter Abel Buell - published 6 months after the Treaty of Paris (Sept. 3, 1783) ended the Revolutionary War - is entitled, "A New and Correct Map of the United States of North America Layd Down from the Latest Observations and Best Authorities Agreeable to the Peace of 1783." It is the first map of the new U.S. created by an American and the first map to be copyrighted in the U.S.

Last chance to see 4 revolutionary war flags at DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
29 flags are soon to be returned to their private owners, and may never again be on public view, so this may be your last chance to see them.

American flag flies in battle for the first time Sept. 3, 1777
Sept 3, 1777, an American flag flew in battle for the first time during a Revolutionary War, when General William Maxwell ordered the new flag raised in a clash with an advance guard of British and Hessian troops at Cooch`s Bridge.

America's other flag story well documented at Baltimore attraction
The Flag House and adjoining Star-Spangled Banner Museum don't have anything to do with Betsy Ross. Rather, they honor another famous seamstress, Mary Pickersgill, whose handiwork inspired our National Anthem. The first American flag was sewn by a Pennsylvania woman named Betsy Ross - at least that's how the legend tells it. That "first flag" story is among a handful of tales associated with various versions of Old Glory as it flutters through the history of our country. Another legendary banner was the star-spangled one that flew over Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Its creator was also a Pennsylvania woman.

Revolutionary war mystery: Did Betsy Ross Design The American Flag?
Most likely Betsy Ross didn't design - or even sew - the first post-Union Jack American flag. Ross purportedly sewed the flag based on a pencil sketch from George Washington. But no evidence has ever been found to back up this Ross family story. Most historians believe the flag was either based on the British East India Company`s flag or designed by Francis Hopkinson. Regardless of who designed it, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1777.

He was a patriot, not a redcoat -- accurate town flags
"Better Dead than Red" was true back in Revolutionary-era Boston, when the sight of a British redcoat was likely to trigger musket fire. So how can it be that the character in Norwood's town seal is wearing a red jacket? Legendary Minuteman Aaron Guild in red, marching off to Lexington in 1775 to fight the crown's forces. "Wearing red probably would have gotten him shot. He's one of our first and most famous veterans, and we should make sure the color of his uniform is right." Some argue it is historically inaccurate and should be changed, and as the town wants to order new flags anyway, and changing the color wouldn't cost any extra.

Yale posts list of maps missing from its map collection
An early map of Boston that strategically shows the military positions of the Americans during the Revolutionary War is one of the rarities that Yale University has discovered missing from its map collection in a long-awaited inventory. "A Plan of Boston in New England with its Environs," drawn by British loyalist Henry Pelham during the 1775-76 siege of Boston, appears on a list of lost maps that Yale has posted on net to alert map dealers and collectors who might stumble across them. The Pelham map of Boston is worth $100,000.