Tradition tells us George Washington's Commander-in-Chief Flag was the personal standard of the Commander of the Continental Army everywhere he went. The presence of the flag meant George Washington was there. It saw every battle and location that the Commander-in-Chief did during the Revolutionary War. It is unique due to its 6-pointed stars and was allegedly designed by Washington himself.
Betsy Ross Flag History
According to Betsy’s grandson, William Canby, who first relayed the story to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1870, Betsy made the first American flag in the spring of1776 following a visit from General George Washington, Robert Morris, and her husband’s uncle, Colonel George Ross. During the visit, the men allegedly showed Betsy a sketch of a flag containing thirteen red-and-white strips and 6-pointed white stars, and asked if she could make it. Betsy accepted the offer, but suggested changing the 6-pointed stars to easier 5-pointed stars and arranging them in a circle – the very same design that was officially adopted by Congress as the national flag one year later on June 14, 1777.