Washington's Headquarters Flag

The silk flag, also known as a standard due to its modest size, was donated by cousins Fannie B. Lovell and Ellen Lovell Crosby, descendants of George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis. Two of her sons served as private secretaries for Washington, and a third served as an officer in Washington’s Life Guard during the American Revolution. According to family tradition, this flag marked the presence of the Commander-in-Chief, General Washington, through much of the War of Independence. The standard is believed to be the earliest surviving 13-star American flag and was conserved through a grant from the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution and its Color Guard.