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Ensign Circular

Document Posting Date: 
August 8, 2014

A Circular Letter, issued by Treasury Secretary Oliver Wolcott and dated August 1, 1799, outlined the basic elements of the ensign’s design. The circular directed that the ensign should contain "sixteen perpendicular stripes, alternate red and white, the Union of the Ensign to be the Arms of the United States, in dark blue, on a white field."

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August 8, 2014