the British General operating in northern New York, in the
Revolutionary War, heard that the Americans had collected some military supplies at Bennington,
Vermont. He sent an expedition of 1,000 men to capture them.Colonel John Stark, a hero of Bunker Hill, with 2,000 Americans
set out to oppose the British. They fought under the Bennington Flag. When Stark saw the British
advancing down the road he pointed them out to his brave troops and said: “Boys, there they
are. We beat them today, or Molly Stark’s a widow.”The Green Mountain Boys, fighting Indian fashion, practically
annihilated the British Regulars. Only about 100 of them ever got back to Burgoyne’s Army.
It was the loss of these 900 men that contributed
much to the failure of Burgoyne’s campaign, which
ended in disaster with the surrender of his Army at Saratoga,
New York, October 7, 1777, a death blow to the British.The
Bennington Flag was presented to Colonel Stark’s
Army by Nathaniel Fillmore, the father of the future
President. It was made of homespun linen and hand sewed.