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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861)

Bicentennial Flag Memorial

 
 
Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) Marker
Inscription.

Between 1818 and 1861 no less than 13 changes were made in the Stars and Stripes as a result of the westward expansion. With the admission of Kansas in 1861, the [S]tars and [S]tripes became a thirty-four star flag. It was this flag that would be carried by the North many times during the Civil War. It first served under fire June 21, 1861 along a little creek in northern Virginia called Bull Run. The rising sectional hatred and the secession of southern states produced sentiment to change the flag's design which would better reflect the new association or lack thereof.

Some wanted to remove a star for each seceded state. Others wanted to omit stars for the border states as well. And some even wanted to reduce the number of stripes to reflect the secession of four of the original thirteen colonies. President Lincoln received perhaps the oddest proposal from Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph. His idea was to divide the flag diagonally with the upper twenty-three stars and stripes going to the North and the lower eleven stars and stripes going to the South.

President Lincoln gave firm "No's" to all suggested tinkering, saying that this was not a war between two nations but an insurrection of eleven states against the lawful federal government. In his view, the seceding states still remained in the
Bicentennial Flag Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Bicentennial Flag Memorial
Union and the national flag should remain unchanged.
 
Erected by City of Wichita and Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 41.391′ N, 97° 20.653′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Touch for map. Memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Flag ( here, next to this marker); Stars and Stripes (1818) ( here, next to this marker); Forty-Five Star Flag ( here, next to this marker); Flag of Fifteen Stripes ( here, next to this marker); Forty-Eight Star Flag ( here, next to this marker); French Tricolor ( here, next to this marker); Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) ( here, next to this marker); Fifty Star Flag ( here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. 34-Star Flag History. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861)

 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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