Flag of the Green Mountain Boys

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Flag of the Green Mountain Boys
Flag of the Vermont Republic.svg
UseCivil and war flag
ProportionApprox. 2:3
AdoptedCirca 1776
DesignGreen field with a blue canton containing 13 white stars in a "natural pattern"
Replica of the 1777 flag from the Battle of Bennington.
A Vermont National Guard unit displaying the flag while abroad.

The flag of the Green Mountain Boys began as a regimental flag used by the Green Mountain Boys.[1][2] A remnant of a Green Mountain Boys flag, believed to belong to John Stark, is owned by the Bennington Museum. It still exists as one of the few regimental flags from the American Revolution. Although Stark was at the Battle of Bennington and likely flew this flag, the battle has become more commonly associated with the Bennington flag, which is believed to be a 19th-century banner.[3]

Today the flag is used as the regimental flag of the Vermont National Guard unit. The regimental flag, known also as a "battle flag" or war flag, accompanies the unit on battle assignments and is physically handed to the commander of the regiment, as described by former Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Martha Rainville in an interview.[4] The flag is also a symbol of the Vermont Secessionist movement. The Castleton University football team has also featured the flag in its pre-game ceremonies since its inception in 2009.


The flag has a green field and, in an azure canton, a constellation of thirteen five-pointed white stars representing the thirteen colonies arranged in a natural pattern.

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  1. ^ William J. Bennett, John T. E. Cribb, The American Patriot's Almanac, Thomas Nelson Inc, 2008, p 34 states this flag was flown by the Green Mountain Boys at the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777.
  2. ^ Karen Price Hossell, Ethan Allen, Heinemann-Raintree Classroom, 2004, p 14.
  3. ^ Cooper, Grace Rogers, Thirteen Star Flags, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1973, p 30. Available online (21.7 MB).
  4. ^ Major General Rainville describing examples of flag return from Iraq, Afghanistan or Bosnia


  • Van de Water, Frederic Franklyn The Reluctant Republic: Vermont 1724–1791. The Countryman Press: 1974. ISBN 0-914378-02-3.