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The Bennington Museum has the remnant of a green silk flag with a blue canton. The canton has 13 stars in an irregular pattern. It is known as the "Green Mountain Boys" flag, and there seems to be no dispute over its claimed use during the 1770's.
Nick Artimovich, 15 November 1996

The Green Mountain Boys were a part of the New Hampshire militia during the Revolutionary War. My (Living History) unit, the 2nd New Hampshire Continental Regiment, fought with the Green Mountain Boys at Hubbardton, where we were all routed or captured. None of us would have gotten away if it had not been for the 'Boys counter-attacking the Hessians.

It should also be noted that most of the militia units of the northern parts of New York adjacent to Vermont were "Loyalist" units and all of the New Hampshire units in the same area were "Patriot" units. Don't forget the victors get to write the history!

Dave Martucci, 15 November 1996

The remnants of this flag are preserved at the Bennington Historical Museum, near where John Stark led the Green Mountain Boys to victory over Gen. Burgoyne's Hessians, August 17, 1776. Earlier, under Ethan Allen and Seth Warner, the Green Mountain Boys (from the hills of Vermont and New Hampshire) took Forts Ticonderoga and Crown Point.
Randy Young, 20 April 2001