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pete17 Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 3:47 p.m. PST

Hi, The Blue Moon 15mm's were too much of a temptation for me and I'm planning on painting at least 6 militia units. Does anyone have any information on the American militia Flags for the war of 1812?

cheers Pete

RudyNelson07 Jan 2013 3:58 p.m. PST

I have read a few reports that Tenn and Miss units had company flgas listing county of origin but I have not seen any. In the field I have no data on Tenn militia/volunteer flags being carried into battle.

They seem to be used mainly for parades and flown over stockades or supply depots.

Very good question.

RudyNelson07 Jan 2013 4:02 p.m. PST

The Easton Flag 1812-1814
The local legend attached to this flag is that it was displayed on July 8, 1776, for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Easton, Pennsylvania, by Robert Levers. However, in reality, it was the company colors of Captain Abraham Horn's Militia Company from Easton which fought during the War of 1812.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 8:26 p.m. PST

That is a vast subject. It would help if you could pin down the states or territories that you plan to represent for your militia units.

"A Most War Like Appearance: Uniforms, Flags and Equipment of the United States in the War of 1812" by Rene Chartrand has a section on American Militia flags.

I know the Flag Dude has the following American militia flags in 15mm and 25mm (highly recommended);
Easton Flag
Guilford Flag
Kentucky Militia
Maine (Ft. Hill)
Maryland Militia
Massachusetts (Battery Stonington)
New York Militia
Pennsylvania Militia
Tennessee Militia
Unknown Militia (Red w/eagle)
Unknown Militia (Blue w/eagle and border)
Unknow Militia (Vertical Stripes w/eagle canton)
Vermont Militia
2nd Virginia Militia

He likely has more that are not listed on his web site.

RudyNelson07 Jan 2013 9:46 p.m. PST

Georgia during the patriot War against Florida flew a white flag with a profile of a Revolutionary War soldier in a tricorne on it.

Some state that it was Carried by some South Georgia militia units during the war of 1812.

pete17 Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 2:43 a.m. PST

thanks for the replies. II normally make my own flags; here's a link to some medieval flags that I've completed:


so don't think I'll go for the flags from the flag dude as there's too many pixels on show for me. The Rene Chartrand book looks interesting if a bit pricey but probably worth the investment.

cheers Pete

Son of MOOG08 Jan 2013 8:00 a.m. PST

When I was doing 1812 a few years back I painted up two flags for my militia units that I saw in a book. One was a yellow/buff flag with the national eagle on it and the phrase "God Armeth the Patriot" under it. The second was a light blue flag with the phrase "Don't give up the land", a take on the navy's "Don't give up the ship" war motto. Both looked very striking on the tabletop and are definitely unique. Unfortunately, I don't remember which book I saw them in.
Hope this helps,
Tom D

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2013 8:39 a.m. PST

The "God Armeth The Patriot" flag is pictured in Chartrand's Book and is creditied to the Smithsonian Institution, photo # 34896-E. Yes, the Chartrand book is definitley worth the price.

pete17 Inactive Member08 Jan 2013 2:58 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info on the flags and with my birthday around the corner I reckon the chartrand book will be on my wish list.

cheers Pete

semperrandyfi24 May 2013 12:15 p.m. PST

I concur with recommending "The Flag Dude" Lundy's Lane units with them that I've found are from Rick.

AICUSV24 May 2013 3:11 p.m. PST

I just posted an image of a watercolor from 1812 of the Philadelphia companies there is a flag in that TMP link

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