United States National 34-Star Flag

Physical Description
Cloth consisting of a blue canton with 34 white stars in the upper left quadrant and thirteen equally positioned stripes, 7 red and 6 white.
General History
The United States National 34-Star flag was adopted with the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in January 1861. It was used until 1863 when West Virginia became a state. At no time did the national flag lose stars. Since the United States believed that secession from the Union was illegal, the flag continued to bear the stars of all the states of the Union, even the Southern states. Flag makers had several designs for the 34-star flag; this is a later one.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1861 - 1863
Physical Description
bunting (overall material)
overall: 31 1/2 in x 51 in; 80.01 cm x 129.54 cm
overall: 2 5/8 ft x 4 5/32 ft; .80162 m x 1.27102 m
associated place
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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