I've run across some historical info that indicates that the US originally had two flags: 1: The flag we're all familiar with, as in the pictures across the top of the forum pages, indicating "wartime" & military jurisdiction. 2: A Civil flag, to be flown when the US is in peacetime & military jurisdiction isn't in force. I have a link that displays a pic of both flags side-by-side (not a photograph, which is why I question the validity of the "two-flags" claim. The link references a book by the title: Illuminated History of North America, published in 1860. The link with the pic is: HORNSWOGGLED? Once I found this bit of info, I had trouble finding any other historical documentation that could back this up...And I then found this website. From what I've seen so far, people here are pretty serious in researching the history of the US flag & that's what I need right now: Serious researchers into a subject that is not really my "opus maximus." What seems a bit disturbing is that I'm having trouble verifying this info with other historical documentation. Granted, one of the references in the weblink is obviously fiction (Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter story). But since I've never obtained or read the "Illuminated History" book, I can't really cite that as a true source of history. If true, the info indicates that, between the War of Independence & the Civil War, the Republic Civil flag could have been flown over courthouses, homes & pretty much everywhere else except on military installations...But also if this is true, the difficulty in finding verifiable historical data would also indicate the US government had been (& still does) actively suppress the knowledge that we've been technically "at wartime" since the Civil War & the whole of the US is under military jurisdiction. Yet, if the historical info is valid, then shouldn't the Citizens be able to fly the US Civil during any official "peacetime" period? I'm not trying to actually make a judgment here...Just trying to find some *real* facts in history. If any of this is true, it may indicate that the US has been engulfed in "war" for a lot longer than currently-taught history indicates & our schools are not really teaching the truth to our children. Don't our children at least deserve the truth?