History Lessons

History lessons is a grouping of historical stories and tidbits. The topics range from the American Civil War through interesting items from around the world. Please use the comments area to ask questions and make suggestions for future topics.

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Lady Columbia & Our Columbia Cotton American Flags

Lady Columbia Cotton American Flags

Often referred to as simply, “Columbia”, Lady Columbia pre-dates Lady Liberty as the female personification of the United States. She shares her name with many American institutions and places, including Columbia Pictures, the District of Columbia, Columbia University and, now our, new line of American Flags, but who is she, what are the origins of… continue

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History of the ‘Down with the Rent’ Flag

Anti-Renters Flag "Down with the Rent"

A rare flag with deep roots in the history of New York State, the ‘Down with the Rent’ Flag features a man with a horn, a small tomahawk and an Indian headdress beside the words, “Down with the Rent”. It is a lasting symbol of the Anti-Rent Movement of the 19th century, when peasant farmers… continue

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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day

V-J Day, short for “Victory Over Japan” Day, is the day that Japan surrendered, effectively ending World War II. The term is used interchangeably for August 14-15, 1945, on which Japan ceased fighting and the White House announced their surrender, and September 2, when Japan’s formal surrender was made in Tokyo Bay onboard the U.S.S…. continue

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The Battle of Plattsburgh & Its Unusual Flag

Battle of Plattsburgh Veterans Exempt Flag

Fought between the Americans and the British in the Great Lakes Region of New York State during the War of 1812, the Battle of Plattsburgh has all the makings of a great movie plot. Especially if (spoiler alert) you like when the underdog wins. It has intrigue, strategy, an interesting cast of characters, and even… continue

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What Does F.C.L. on a Military Grave Marker Mean?

War of 1776 Grave Marker with FCL

One of the ways family and friends honor fallen members of the military is by placing a veteran grave marker or medallion at their grave site. While the design varies, these military grave markers are typically made of bronze, aluminum or hard plastic, and are mounted on a ground stake, or rod. Many also include… continue