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Tree Flag
Description: This flag, with a white background and a green pine tree, was used in New England and particularly in Massachusetts before the revolution. It was adopted by the Massachusetts Navy in April of 1776 and flew over the floating batteries in the battle of British-held Boston. On October 20, 1775, it was recommended by Colonel Joseph Reed, Washington's military secretary, that the flag be flown on the American ships so they could recognize one another. The flag is rectangular in shape, measuring 120 by 185 and is made of cotton. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: H65525_001
Subjects: Colonial America; Communication artifact; Signal flags;
Places: Tree Flag