Supreme Flags Announces The History Behind The Epithet: Old Glory And Announces A Sale
Supreme Flags Wishes To Remind People Why The United States Flag Is Called Old Glory
"Many people don't know why the American flag is referred to as Old Glory," the spokesperson stated. "Old Glory is a common nickname for the United States flag. This name was given to the flag by a nineteenth-century American sea captain named William Driver," she continued. "The name Old Glory refers to the United States flag in general, and to a specific U.S. flag that Driver himself owned. The flag owned by Driver is now a treasured United States artifact.
William Driver, a sea captain, received a U.S. flag from his mother and a group of local friends on his twenty first birthday. The flag was 10 feet by 17 feet. He was delighted with the gift and named the flag, "Old Glory." Old Glory accompanied the captain on many sea voyages.
In 1837, Captain Driver quit sailing and settled in Nashville, TN. He was well known for displaying Old Glory. After Tennessee seceded from the Union in 1861, the Captain hid Old Glory by sewing it inside of a comforter for protection because he feared that the rebel government might attempt to destroy his famous flag. The flag remained hidden there until February 1862, when Nashville became the first Southern capital to fall.
Driver, a loyal Unionist, gave Old Glory to commander William "Bull" Nelson, so that he could hoist it on the flagstaff in place of the Confederate flag. The hoisting of the flag was met with much cheer. Old Glory had cemented its place as a legend and into United States history. The name Old Glory has since been bequeathed to all American flags.
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