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3rd New York Regiment

[3rd New York Regiment flag] image by Randy Young, 29 January 2001

Source: "Flags to Color from the American Revolution."
This flag belongs to the Third New York Regiment. The colors are listed as - "Blue: field, ocean on globe, alternating stripes on band under globe, sash on left figure. Red: capes and feet of figures, land on globe. White: ribbon with motto, alternating stripes on band under globe. Lt. Blue: cap on staff at right, sky in center. Green: staff at right, blindfold. Brown: bird. Yellow: sun in center, gowns, scrolls, fringe. Violet: mountain. Fallen crown is red and yellow."

"These colors were flown by Colonel Peter Gansevoort as he led the Third New York Regiment to defeat General Burgoyne in upper New York State during 1777. The flag has been saved and is found in the Albany Institute of History and Art. It is the only regimental flag of New York that has been preserved to the present."
Randy Young, 15 February 2001

Huntington Flag

[Huntington flag] image by Randy Young, 29 January 2001
see also: Huntington, NY

Source: "Flags to Color from the American Revolution."

This is listed as the "Huntington Flag," with the colors as "Red field, white letters."
"On 23 July 1776 news reached the town of Huntington, New York, of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence. The flag which had been flying from the liberty pole there was lowered and the Union Jack was removed from the corner and the inscription GEORGE III from the reverse - leaving the design as shown."
I think it's interesting that they apparently originally had the word "LIBERTY" on the obverse of a typical red ensign and "GEORGE III" on the reverse. Why would they have these two on the same flag? Any ideas?
Randy Young, 6 February 2001

The Huntington "Liberty Flag," was created in Huntington, Long Island, New York on July 23, 1776 upon the Town's receipt of news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The flag was subsequently carried into the Battle of Long Island by the 1st Regiment of Suffolk County Militia, during which it was captured by Hessian troops. The original captured flag is reported to have survived in Germany until its destruction by fire in a bombing raid during World War II.

More information on the Huntington Liberty Flag can be found at the following locations:
Dr. John E. Coraor, 6 June 2002
Director of Cultural Affairs, Town of Huntington