The flag of the United States of America, also known as the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner, or even the Red White and Blue, is the official standard under which Americans identify themselves to the world. The flag is composed of thirteen horizontal and alternating red and white stripes with a blue rectangular field in the canton (top left corner) that is filled with fifty five pointed white stars. The US flag is unique in the world and clearly identifies US soil
July 2, 1776: The Continental Congress passed Virginia Delegate Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that “these united Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States.” They then spent two days over the wording of Jefferson’s document, The United States Declaration of Independence, before signing and ratifying it on July 4, 1776.
1861. "Some wives insisted on staying with their husbands, which may have been the case with this woman, judging by her housewifely pose alongside a soldier, three young children, and a puppy. In addition to taking care of her own family, she may have worked as a camp laundress or nurse."