Rolling Out “Old Glory”

In 1824, Captain William Driver of Salem, Massachusetts was presented with a handcrafted United States flag, which had one star for each state in the Union, and he named it “Old Glory.” He coined the term, in fact, and kept “Old Glory” with him on his numerous voyages at sea.

He eventually retired from service and settled down in Nashville, Tennessee, which by 1861 had been overtaken by the Confederacy. Captain Driver, still loyal to the Union, hid the original “Old Glory” — which was a symbol of his loyalty to the north — by sewing it into a quilt, where it stayed until the Union reclaimed Nashville in 1862.

Today, the original “Old Glory” resides at the National Museum of American History. Have a look at the American artifact in the video below.

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