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April 03, 2014


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Texas Leigh

Dear Erin B,

Thanks for the info about the Armistead "A." Our question remains: is it still on the flag or was it removed in conservation?

Again, we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit.

Erin B.

Good morning, Leigh,

Thanks for your question! Here's the answer:

The "A" was reportedly sewn onto the flag by Louisa Armistead, widow of the commander of Fort McHenry. You can learn more here: http://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/interactive-flag.aspx

Texas Leigh

We loved the beautiful exhibit of our 1812 flag, but we couldn't find anyone to tell us what happened to the red letter A chevron. We knew it was on the reverse side, but we thought we would see evidence of it on the front. Was it removed during conservation? Any other information about it? Again, thank you for a wonderful experience.


Awesome. It gives me goosebumps learning how people look after the flag that brings pride and honour to American people for almost 4 decades now. As long as there are still people like this, there is still hope in the world.

Thomas Xavier

Those microscopic photographs of the fibres are amazing, taking into account its age (and history)the star spangled banner is in remarkably good condition.

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