Ansbach-Bayreuth Regimental Flag

Ansbach-Bayreuth Regimental Flag

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Physical Description
This flag is made of white silk damask. One side features a wreath of green palm and a laurel branch tied with pink ribbon around a crown with the letters "M.Z.B." for Markgraf zu Brandenburg over date "1775." A scroll bears the motto "pro pincipe patria" or "for prince and fatherland." The other side bears the monogram "S.E.T.C.A." for Sincere et Constanter, Alexander, or "truthfully and steadfastly, Alexander, which is the motto of the Prussian order of the Read Eagle and the Margraves of Brandendburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth.
Specific History
This Ansbach-Bayreuth Regimental flag was surrendered at Yorktown, 19 October 1781. It was sent to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia as a trophy and is one of the few to survive.
General History
Defeated British and German troops refused to recognize the Americans as their victors, fixing their gaze on the French troops. When the French fife and drum corps played Yankee Doodle, the surrendering armies turned away and glared directly into the faces of the victorious Americans.
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Other Terms
Flag; Military; Collar; Rgt, Ansbach-Bayreuth
date made
date surrendered
1781 10 19
place made
associated place
United States: Virginia, Yorktown
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
overall: 48 in x 50 in; 121.92 cm x 127 cm
overall: 50 in x 48 in; 127 cm x 121.92 cm
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Credit Line
West Point Museum
Revolution and the New Nation
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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