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July 3, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Happy Fourth of July!

United States flag made by female residents of Saint Anthony in May of 1861 and presented to the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, who marched from Fort Snelling to Saint Anthony for the presentation ceremony.  The flag hung in the Wilcox House in Minneapolis during and after the Civil War.

The flag is of pieced silk and has thirty-four white silk stars sewn to the canton.  One large encircled star, meant to represent Minnesota, is surrounded by thirty-three smaller stars.

For details, view the flag in our online collections database.

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2 Responses to “Happy Fourth of July!”

  1. Connie Sullivan Says:

    I see a contradiction in this item’s information, about whether the flag was made and presented by the women of St. Anthony or the women of Minneapolis. The two towns were not united into “Minneapolis” until 1872. For historical accuracy it would be wise to know, Which women (did they live in Minneapolis, on the west bank, or did they live in the original town at the falls, on the east bank)made this flag?

    I’m going to guess that the ascription was made much later than 1862, which might explain the blurring of origins.

    Lizzie Ehrenhalt reply on July 6th, 2012:


    Thank you for your comment. The contradiction has been eliminated from the description. The women who made the flag were residents of St. Anthony, not Minneapolis.

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