The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Home Collection Search

Object Record

    New Search

United States National 34 Star Flag
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

United States National 34 Star Flag

Date: 1861
Catalog #: 58182-M    Accession #: 208701
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 31.5" H x 51" W

Physical Description

Cloth consisting of a blue canton with 34 white stars in the upper left quadrant and thirteen equally positioned stripes, 7 red and 6 white.

General History

United States National 34 Star flag was adopted with the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in January 1861. It was used until 1863 when West Virginia became a state. At no time did the National flag lose stars. Since the United States believed that secession from the Union was illegal, the flag continued to bear the stars of all the states of the union, even the Southern states. Flag makers had several designs for the 34 star flag; this is one of the later designs.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: Civil War
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Printable ScriptVisit the MuseumEducationCredits