Americans to Recapture Revolutionary Flags
The News Telegraph is reporting:
"Four rare battle flags captured during the American War of Independence by a British officer have been returned after more than two centuries to be auctioned." Photo credit: flagwire.
The flag shown here is from a Virginia regiment that had surrended to Capt Tarleton Fagan. There are two accounts of what happened after the surrender, one is that over one hundred American patriots were just plain slaughtered. The British account differs saying there was a stray shot that downed Capt. Tarleton Fagan's horse which led to the British troops killing the captured Americans.
In either case, now the four flags will be offered for sale at Southey's in New York. The cost to Americans for recapturing the flags is expected to go in the millions. Only about 30 revolutionary flags exists today and these 4 are among the best that are preserved.
In a previous auction the flag that was purported to be flown at George Washington's Inaugural Address was reported to bring a 1/4 million dollars. See flag below.