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The flag of Taunton, Massachusetts, also known as the Taunton Flag and the Liberty and Union Flag, is the city flag of Taunton, Massachusetts, United States. The flag was first adopted in 1774 and has since been adopted as the flag of Taunton. It consists of a red ensign with the flag of Great Britain in canton with the words "Liberty and Union" on it.
The flag was first adopted on 21 October 1774 after the Sons of Liberty had forced out American Loyalists from Taunton. Reverend Caleb Barnum proposed a plan for a symbol of defiance against British rule. In commemoration, the Patriots erected a liberty pole, 112 feet (34 m) high, outside of the Taunton Courthouse and the house of Tory Loyalist lawyer Daniel Leonard. On it, they raised a red ensign with the words "Liberty and Union" sewn onto it.
The Taunton flag was one of the first rebel flags used within British North America to express dissension against the British government and The Crown. It also initially symbolised underlying loyalty to the Crown as the Union Jack was viewed as the King's Colours. The popularity of the flag grew due to the Boston Evening Post publishing it in a story. The wife of William McKinstry, the only Loyalist permitted to remain, expressed her disdain for the Taunton flag and in response female Patriots dragged her from her house and forced her to march in front of the liberty pole where it was flying. A later version of the Taunton Flag was created including the "Liberty and Union" slogan on a Union Jack.
Wikipedia contributors. (2018, September 8). Flag of Taunton, Massachusetts. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:35, February 1, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Flag_of_Taunton,_Massachusetts&oldid=858652816