N.C. 1st Historical Flag: The "Hornet's Nest Flag"

Discussion in 'American Flag History' started by 13Stars, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. 13Stars

    13Stars New Member

  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    This flag is a bit of a puzzle. The museum website gives the source as Preble's History of the American flag (as does the North Carolina chapter in Richardson's "Standards and Colors of the American Revolution"). Preble, in turn, gives the source as "Wheeler's History of North Carolina," with no page reference. I assume that this refers to the book "Historical Sketches of North Carolina, from 1584 to 1851, Comp. from original records, official documents and traditional statements . . . " published in 1851, written by John Hill Wheeler (1806-1882).

    I examined Wheeler's book fairly carefully a few years ago, and could not find any reference to a beehive flag. As far as I know, there is no other primary source. Does anyone know of any more information about this flag?

    By the way, the citation on the web site is a bit misleading. The page reference to Preble's book does not apply to the 1872 edition, which did not cover state flags. The state flag material was added to the expanded edition in 1880. The page reference is also correct for the 1894 edition, and for the 2-volume version published in 1917.

    Peter Ansoff

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