There Really is an Old Glory

OldGlory-SIDid you know there really is an American flag named “Old Glory”? The flag named “Old Glory” was given to a ship’s captain named William Driver in 1824 as a birthday present. Captain Driver used that flag on his ship until he retired in 1837. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he displayed the flag in his home.

When Tennessee left the Union during the Civil War he worried that the flag would be taken. Captain Driver asked his daughter to hide the American flag inside a quilt. His daughter must have done a good job hiding it because the flag was missed during many raids on the captain’s house. But on February 25, 1862, when Ulysses S. Grant captured Fort Donelson and occupied Nashville, Captain Driver uncovered the flag and raised it on a flag pole at the capitol building.

The flag is now part of American history and it is housed at the Smithsonian.

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