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Tennessee (1897) (U.S.)

Volunteer State flag

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[1897 Flag of Tennessee] image by Clay Moss, 29 August 2009

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Description of the flag

 I found this image of an old flag of Tennessee at
Aleksandar Nemet, 28 August 2009

This flag is shown and described by Smith (1975a) which is 'The Flag Book of the United States' by Whitney Smith: Plate XLVIII a. on page 200. The colours are red, blue with yellow words, and white with blue number, respectively (starting from the hoist).

The three stripes represent the three main regions of the state.

The flag was approved 30 Apr 1897 by the legislature, and adopted 1 May, possibly created for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of that year; it was little used.

Jan Mertens, 28 August 2009

Blue-white-red version of the flag

[1897 Flag of Tennessee] image located by Paul Bassinson, 13 November 2023

An historical flag of Tennessee (obtained from shows a blue-white-red diagonally divided flag with the words The Volunteer State on the white band and 16 in the blue field.
Paul Bassinson, 13 November 2023