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Patriot, The - How Many Stars?
In the scene were they show the Confederate army camp, if you look closely when they're zooming in to the tent, you will see a corner of the American flag. You can see stars in rows, such as the modern American flag. But in 1776, there were only 13 colonies, and 13 stars in a circle a circle shape on the flag, as shown later in the movie when Benjamin Martin (Mel) is waving it across the battle field.
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Lia on 10-19-2001
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Megan writes:
The flag did not necessarily HAVE to be in the circle format. In 1776 the circle format was not yet standardized. The first time the country ever talked about having an official flag was June 14, 1777. Here's a link for more info: The only way I can see this to be a slipup is if the flag was modern with 50 stars. By the way, this movie took place during the Revolutionary War not the Civil War. Big difference.
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Angie writes:
I think I know which scene you are talking about. I, too, was confused about this, but then I looked it up. There were different flags used back in that time. The flag with the 13 stars in a circle was the "Betsy Ross flag." There was also an American flag with 13 stars lined up. I, however, think that the flag you see in the movie might have been the flag of the Rhode Island Regiment (although I am not absolutely positive). This flag was white with the blue square in the upper left corner with yellow stars in rows. In the middle of the flag was a blue anchor with the word "hope" over it.
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Alli writes:
OK, it was the British camp not the confederate camp. this movie took place in the REVOLUTIONARY WAR not the civil war. i also noticed that the order of the stripes is different because the real order of the stripes is white red white not red white red.
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Alli writes:
Hey, I had a slip-up in my comment. It was the Continental Army camp.
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