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Second New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line

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The flags of the Second New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line are found on page 27 of "Flags to Color from the American Revolution.":

[Flag of New Hampshire] by Randy Young, 13 September 2004

"Colors: Blue field; red shield, upright cross and outline of diagonal cross; gold scrolls, fringe, initials N.H., diagonal cross and outline of upright cross." The gold scroll bears the inscription "THE GLORY NOT THE PREY," while the shield reads "N.H. 2d REGt."

[Flag of New Hampshire] by Randy Young, 13 September 2004

"Colors: Buff field, golden disk, rays and interlaced rings; red and blue alternating triangles beginning with red at the upper left." The gold disk bears the inscription "WE ARE ONE," and the rings bear the names of the original 13 states.

"These two flags of the Second New Hampshire Regiment are among the few American flags in existence that were captured during the Revolutionary War. They were lost July 8, 1777, to the British near Fort Anne, New York, when ammunition ran out after a brave defense in which the Ninth British Regiment of Foot were themselves nearly captured. The Americans retreated to General Schuyler's headquarters at Fort Edward, but Lt. Colonel Hill, the English commander, ended up with their flags and took them to England. They remained there with his descendents until 1912, when they were bought and presented to the New Hampshire Historical Society."

Randy Young, 13 September 2004


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