Author: James Breig

James Breig is a veteran author who specializes in history. His most recent book is “Star-Spangled Baseball: True Tales of Flags and Fields” about the links between the sport and flags. He is also the author of a nonfiction book about WWII, "Searching for Sgt. Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier of World War II" and co-author of "The Mystery of the Multiple Mothers," a novel. All three are available at His articles have appeared in newspapers and national magazines, including the Colonial Williamsburg Journal (search for them at and History Magazine. He has won many national awards for his opinion writing, media columns and feature articles.
History Lessons

Flags…before and after Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor under attack. (Library of Congress)

Seventy-five years ago, on December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan’s air force attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, triggering the entry of the United States into World War II. The early morning attack occurred on a Sunday, as most Americans, unaware of what was happening several time zones away, opened their morning newspapers, where they read articles… continue

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Flags flew during disputed election

Color Guard of Hayes' unit holds what might have been a gift from his wife. (

When Americans vote for a president, you can count on American flags being displayed outside polling places, alongside roads and beside the winner. You can also, every now and then, expect a controversial election with claims about stolen or illegal votes. A case occurred 140 years ago when the centennial of 1776 was celebrated. Republican… continue

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WWI flags in focus at Missouri museum

Two flags one soldier

The arrival of Veterans Day calls attention to something that happened 90 years ago on Nov. 11, 1926. That’s when a national museum of World War I opened in Missouri. The conflict itself was spangled with WWI flags. The National World War I Museum and Memorial, its official name, was sited in Kansas City because… continue

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As Revolution ended, flags were flying

A portrait by James Peale of Washington at Yorktown shows British and Hessian flags at his feet.

In October 1781, as the American Revolution neared its conclusion in Yorktown, Virginia, an observer noticed the role flags played on both the American and British sides. That observer, 235 years ago, was St. George Tucker, a noted lawyer who was a lieutenant general on General George Washington’s staff. He kept a journal of events… continue