Stamp-American Liberty Flag
On July 4th, 1968 as series of stamps showcases historic flags that have flown over the United States in the early days of America’s history.
This 15-star and 15-stripe American flag is the inspiration behind Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The flag flew over Fort McHenry, which guarded Baltimore, Maryland’s harbor, during a War of 1812 British naval bombardment. After a long night of fighting, Key found our “flag was still there.” The original Fort McHenry flag now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution.
Also known as the Liberty Flag, this blue flag with the crescent moon was carried by colonists when the British attacked Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. The flag was shot from its staff and Sergeant William Jasper ran out in the open to rescue it. The colonists’ victory saved Charleston from invasion, and the fort on the island was named for the commander, William Moultrie.
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