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1799

October 16, 2015 - 08:38 -- asteblein
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Treasury Secretary Oliver Wolcott designs the CUSTOM ENSIGN and PENNANT, and Congress declares these are to be flown on all Customs revenue cutters to indicate the authority of the United States government. This is the first flag designed specifically for an agency of the federal government.

Dates: 
Monday, December 31, 1798 - 19:00
Media Image: 
U.S. Customs Ensign & Pennant - Type of 1799. The 15 stars represent the number of states in the Union in 1799.
Credit Text: 
From manuscript: "Early American Maritime Flags & Signals" © 1999 Ray S. Morton
Caption Text: 
U.S. Customs Ensign & Pennant - Type of 1799. The 15 stars represent the number of states in the Union in 1799.