The first in our Battle Flags of the United States patch series, the Forster Flag is the oldest known "American" flag. Typically, the flags used by the various colonies during the years leading up to the American Revolution were regional flags using regional symbols (e.g., pine trees, beavers, etc.), this flag was different. Led by Samuel Forster, the Minutemen of Manchester, MA reclaimed a crimson red British flag, with its Union Jack in the top corner, stripped it off, and in its place sewed on 13 white stripes to signify 13 united colonies, with 6 on the obverse side and 7 on the reverse. According to the Forster family the flag was carried during the Lexington and Concord Alarm by the Manchester Minutemen nearly 240 years ago, on 19 April 1775. Thanks to the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the Minutemen had warning of the advancing British regulars and bravely assembled to engage them. The first shots of the American Revolution were fired that morning at Lexington, the Minutemen finally repulsing the British at Concord.
As Americans we charge forward, never retreating; designed as a battle flag and following the current military convention of wearing the colors on the right shoulder, the reverse side of the Forster Flag has been faithfully recreated on this patch. The original Forster Flag had a width to height ratio of 15:14, and our patch maintains this ratio with a width of approximately 2.15 inches and a height of 2.00 inches.
- ~2.15" x 2.00"
- 100% Embroidered
- Velcro backed