War of 1812 Flag with 6 Point Stars – Don’t Tread on Me
This is the flag of a company of New York Militia known as the Veteran Exempts. Formed in July of 1812, it was composed of veterans of the American Revolution. The name stems from the fact that these veterans were exempt from compulsory military service because of their age. They nonetheless took back up their arms. This Veteran Exempts flag appears to have been used at the Battle of Plattsburgh in upper New York. Also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, this engagement ended the last British attempt to invade the northern United States.
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