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image by Randy Young, 31 January 2001
Source: "Flags to Color from the American Revolution."Randy Young, 31 January 2001
On page 15 is the "White Plains Flag." The colors are listed as "Red field, yellow staff; light blue cap and sword blade; white hilt and brown handle." The description of the flag is:"These colors were captured by the Hessians either on August 27, 1776, at the Battle of Long Islands, or Oct. 28, 1776, at the Battle of White Plains. A German account, listing the earlier date, belittles the skill of the American troops who surrendered under this flag, but it was only a few weeks later that the same Hessians under Colonel Rall surrendered to General Washington at Trenton, Dec. 26, 1776. The design on the flag is taken from an undated engraving."