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24 Star Flag - (1822-1836) (U.S.)

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[U.S. 24 star flag 1822] image by Clay Moss, 20 February 2007

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Description of the flag

In 1822, one star was added, representing Missouri, bringing the total number of stars to 24. There were thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies.
Rick Wyatt, 5 April 1998

This flag flew from 4 July 1822 to 3 July, 1836.
Clay Moss, 20 February 2007


[U.S. 26 star jack 1822] image by Clay Moss, 20 February 2007

Eagle Flag

[U.S. 24 star flag 1822] image by Randy Young, 19 September 2004

This flag appears in two books: "Flags to Color, Washington to Lincoln," (C) 1996, Bellerophon Books, text by Dr. Whitney Smith, Flag Research Center, Winchester, MA; and "The Story of Our Flag," (C) 1999, Bellerophon Books, text by Harry Knill, with excerpted text from Benjamin Franklin, Francis Hopkinson, Admiral Preble, et al. In "Flags to Color, Washington to Lincoln," this flag is on the inside front cover, and it appears on page 55. It is listed as "24 Stars, 1822, for Missouri, admitted 1821."

I'm not sure if this is was a flag of its own, or if it was a variant of the union canton. I'm tempted to think that it is supposed to be the flag itself, especially considering the proportions. The other cantons shown in the book (without the stripes) are closer to square in their proportions, while this one looks to be closer to 2:1. Regardless, the colors are: blue field, with a variant of the American Great Seal in the center, surrounded by 24 white stars. The eagle is brown, with white head and tail feathers, and yellow beak and claws. In its beak it holds a white banner with the black words " E PLURI-BUS UNUM." Four white arrows are in the eagle's right claw (closest to the hoist), and a green olive branch in its left (closest to the fly). A shield bearing the American colors (paly of thirteen gules and argent, a chief azure) and outlined in yellow appears on the eagle's chest held between its claws.
Randy Young, 19 September 2004