old glory


old glory is the nickname given to the flag of the united states. old gory was actually the name of one flag in particular, that of captain william driver. it was given to him by his mother and the young women of salem massachusetts sometime around 1820. the captain was by all accounts very found of old glory and  flew it from the mast of his boat as he embarked upon a round the world voyage between 1831-32 as captain of the whaling vessel charles doggett. the flag originally had just 24 stars and had a small anchor sewn into the corner of its blue canton. driver retired from the seas in 1837 and moved to nashville tennessee where he would fly his flag on all patriotic occasions.  by 1861 it had become well known to the citizens of nashville and now included 34 stars, representing each of the states of the union. however when the civil war broke out and tennessee seceded from the union driver feared the confederate government would try and destroy his flag. he got the flag stitched into a duvet to conceal it, interestingly he got a local girl to do this for him rather than his own family a point that has never really been explained. when the union army retook nashville in 1862 driver brought his flag out of hiding and flew it from the state capitol spire which is the last time old glory flew from a flagpole. the flag now has 50 stars to represent each of the fifty two states and is recognisable to people all of the world  however what it means to those people may somewhat vary.


About ptrivers

I'm Patrick here are some of my pictures. I love taking pictures of things, mainly of things rather than people, i think this is because i hate having my picture taken and don't want to put other people in the same position. Also i hate asking folk to pose for shots i think it can really play up to peoples vanity. Still thats not to say that i wont someday take pictures of people, i just don't fancy it right now. I lived in London for about six years, there's just so much happening at a really hectic pace, almost out of control, teetering on the edge of chaos and oblivion, i miss it everyday the people and the places. I now live in the lake district which is impossibly beautiful and an incredibly inspiring place to be. The pace of life is still and sleepy a far reach from my previous life, but interjected with moments of exhilaration and adrenaline, its an interesting combination. If you like my photos or want to ask me any questions or perhaps would even like to buy some prints then please get in contact.
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