National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Blue Stars and Stripes Joined the Battle at Guilford Court House Leaders of the Revolution considered the Stars and Stripes a naval ensign. Nevertheless, a few land units did carry starred flags into the roar of conflict. At North Carolina's Guil ford Court House, in 1781, this banner saw the Ameri cans lose the field. But their enemy fared worse. As Hor ace Walpole put it, "Lord Cornwallis has conquered his troops out of shoes and provisions and himself out of troops." Thus weakened in the south, Cornwallis moved northward into Virginia and to his final stand at York town (page 100). FLAG PRESERVEDIN NORTHCAROLINAHALL OF HISTORY, RALEIGH 94 KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA; PAINTINGBY PHILLIPS MELVILLE,COURTESYAMERICANHERITAGE© N.G .S .