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Historical flag in Connecticut battle examined at URI

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 By Alana Cerrone


Textile experts at URI examined a 200-year-old flag that flew over a Connecticut town during a British naval attack in the War of 1812.

The town of Stonington, Conn. is preparing to commemorate the 200th anniversary of an August 1814 battle, where the British fired cannonballs for four days. 

Women of the Stonington Congregational Church sewed the flag by hand between 1796 and 1803.

The flag remained with the local militia after the battle until it was given to a local family, and eventually donated to the Stonington Historical Society in 1895.

URI textile experts are examining the flag to determine when and how it can be restored.

For more information, visit www.stoningtonhistory.org

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