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Cousins Fannie B. Lovell and Ellen Lovell Crosby, descendants of Betty Washington Lewis (George Washington’s sister), donated this silk flag to Reverend W. Herbert Burk’s museum of American history at Valley Forge in 1910. Two of Lewis’s sons served as private secretaries for Washington, and a third served as an officer in Washington’s “Life Guard” during the Revolutionary War. According to family tradition, this flag marked the presence of General Washington throughout much of the war. Also known as a standard due to its modest size, it is believed to be the earliest surviving 13-star American flag. Reverend Burk’s Valley Forge Historical Society, the predecessor organization of the Museum of the American Revolution, served as the longtime steward of Washington’s standard.

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Image 121120 Amrev360 Virginia Whelan Conserving Tent

AmRev360: Conservation and Symbols of Revolutionary Flags with Textile Conservator Virginia Whelan

Textile conservator Virginia Whelan discusses materials and symbolism found in flags from the Revolutionary era and the delicate work of conserving those flags.
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Washington's War Tent

General George Washington's original sleeping and office tent from the Revolutionary War.
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Image 091120 George Washington Camp Cups Silver Camp Cups

George Washington's Camp Cups

These cups were part of George Washington's camp equipment during the Revolutionary War. They were made in August 1777 by a silversmith in Philadelphia.
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