National Society United States Daughters of 1812

Liberty, Fraternity & Unity Since 1892

Chapters and State Societies


Did you know that during the War of 1812 there were 18 states in the Union?  They are:


Delaware - December 7, 1787

Pennsylvania - December 12, 1787

New Jersey - December 18, 1787

Georgia - January 2, 1788

Connecticut - January 9, 1788

Massachusetts - February 6, 1788

Maryland - April 25, 1788

South Carolina - April 23, 1788

New Hampshire - June 21, 1788

Virginia - June 25, 1788

New York - July 26, 1788

North Carolina - November 21, 1789

Rhode Island - May 29, 1790

Vermont - March 4, 1791

 Kentucky - June 1, 1792

 Tennessee - June 1, 1796

Ohio - March 1, 1803

Louisiana - April 30, 1812

(Dates represent when statehood was granted by the U.S. Congress.)


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If there were 18 states in the Union during the War of 1812, why did the Star Spangled Banner only have 15 stars and 15 stripes?

On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia representing the thirteen colonies passed the following resolution:

 “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

Eighteen years later the U.S. Flag Act of January 13, 1794 was signed by President George Washington altering the flag design with the admission of Vermont (1791) and Kentucky (1792) into the Union providing for fifteen stripes as well as fifteen stars.  

“An Act making an alteration in the Flag of the United States Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That from and after the first day of May, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five, the flag of the United States, be fifteen stripes alternate red and white. That the Union be fifteen stars, white in the blue field."

These were followed with the admission of Tennessee (1796), Ohio (1803) and Louisiana (1812).  By June 18, 1812 with a declaration of War with England, a total of eighteen states were then in the Union.
 This act is responsible for the original star-spangled banner that was at Fort McHenry having the 15 stars and 15 stripes that is preserved today (since 1907) at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  A replica of this flag is flown by the National Park Service at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, by Presidential Proclamation, day and night.

On April 4, 1818, the Flag Act of 1818 signed by President James Monroe provided, with what is still honored today:

An Act to establish the flag of the United States.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress Assembled, That from and after the fourth day of July next, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be twenty stars, white in a blue field.  

And be it further enacted, that on the admission of every new state into the Union, one star be added to the union of the flag; and that such addition shall take effect of the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission.

So, in summary...

The 15 Star Flag ( Star Spangled Banner) remained in effect until the Flag Act of 1818. 

Realizing that the addition of a new star and new stripe for each new State was impractical, the United States Congress passed the Flag Act of 1818 which returned the flag design to 13 stripes, to represent the original 13 colonies, and specified 20 stars for the 20 states that were in the Union, at the time.

The 20 Star Flag became the official United States Flag on April 13th, 1818. Five stars were added for the admission of Tennessee, Ohio,
Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi.   


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Fort Payne --- Hiram Allen Chapter
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Huntsville --- Rachel Jackson Chapter
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Bella Vista --- Thomas H. Flippin ChapterEMAIL
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Pine Bluff --- Simon Bradford Chapter

Texarkana --- Organizing ChapterEMAIL
 
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Los Angeles --- Brig. Gen William Clark Chapter
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Pasadena --- Francis Scott Key Chapter
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Rancho Palos Verdes --- Joel Brigham Chapter
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Sacramento --- (Chapter Organizing)
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San Diego --- San Diego Chapter
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Santa Barbara/Tri County --- USS Constitution Chapter
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Temecula --- Fort McHenry Chapter
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Walnut Creek --- David Farragut Chapter
 
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Denver --- Major General Alexander Macomb Chapter
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Western Slope --- Daniel Carpenter Chapter
 
 
 
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Daytona Beach --- Peacock Chapter
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Jacksonville --- Patriots Chapter
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Miami --- Colonel William Carroll Lee Chapter
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Naples --- Captain Christopher Beeler Chapter
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Palm Beach Area --- Captain John Cleveland Chapter
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Pensacola --- Old Spanish Trail Chapter
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Sorrento --- Major Francis L. Dade Chapter
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Sun City Center --- Bicentennial Chapter
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Tallahassee --- Treaty of Ghent Chapter
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Vero Beach --- 15 Stars Chapter
 
Georgia State Society
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Atlanta --- General John Floyd Chapter
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Athens --- General John Baytop Scott Chapter
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LaFayette --- Lookout Mountain Chapter
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Pine Log/Cartersville --- Pvt. John Vaughn Chapter
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St. Simons Island --- Catharine Littlefield Greene Chapter
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Valdosta --- Sgt Benjamin Exum Chapter
 
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Chicago --- John Kinzie Chapter
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Greenville --- Kaskaskia Chapter
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Springfield --- Sangamon River  Chapter
 
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Greencastle --- Tippecanoe Chapter
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Indianapolis --- Philip Schoff Chapter
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LaGrange --- LaGrange Chapter
 
Iowa State Society
 
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Leavenworth --- Lt. Thomas Blair Chapter
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Topeka --- Kaw Valley Chapter
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Wichita --- Captain Lewis Wells Chapter
 
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Cumberland River Region --- Cumberland River Region Chapter 
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Louisville --- General Zachary Taylor Chapter
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Winchester --- River Raisin Chapter
 
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New Orleans --- Chalmette Chapter
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Shreveport --- U.S.S. Louisiana Chapter
 
 
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Frederick/Hagerstown --- Chasseur Chapter
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Georgetown --- Kitty Knight Chapter
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Ruxton --- Mary Young Pickersgill Chapter
 
 
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Grand Rapids --- Stephen Preston Chapter
 
 
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Hattiesburg --- Captain Matthew Duke, Jr. Chapter
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Jackson --- Solomon Magee Chapter
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Louisville --- Pushmataha Chapter
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Tupelo --- Major General John Pinckney Chapter
 
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Caruthersville --- El Camino Real Chapter
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Lee's Summitt --- James Kearney Chapter
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Nevada State Society
 
 
New Mexico Society
 
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Albany --- Organizing Chapter in Albany, NY
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New York City --- New York City Chapter
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Plattsburgh --- Commodore Thomas Macdonough Chapter
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Sackets Harbor --- General Jacob Brown Chapter
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Syracuse --- Onondaga Chapter
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Eden --- Cherokee Chapter
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Gastonia --- Private Vincent Key Chapter
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Morehead --- Snap Dragon Chapter
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Raleigh --- Captain Johnston Blakeley Chapter
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Winnabow --- Commissioner Charles Gause Chapter
 
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Akron --- Portage Trail - Commodore  Perry Chapter
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Bay Village/Toledo --- Peter Navarre Chapter
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Canton --- Madison - McKinley Chapter
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Cincinnati --- General William Henry Harrison Chapter
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Lima --- Jacob Stemple Chapter
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Malta/Marietta --- Silverheels Trail - Mary Bird Lake Chapter
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Mansfield --- Samuel Lewis Chapter
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West Union --- Governor Thomas Kirker Chapter
 
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Ardmore --- General Matthew Arbuckle Chapter
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Lawton --- Jacob White David Chapter
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Norman --- Eighteen-Eighty Niner Chapter
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Oklahoma City --- Oklahoma City Chapter
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Oregon State Society
 
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Erie --- Lake Erie Chapter
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Lancaster --- Robert Fulton Chapter
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Charleston --- Low Country Chapter
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Columbia --- General Andrew Jackson Chapter
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Greenwood --- David Mayo Chapter
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Montmorenci --- Brig.General David Rogerson Williams
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Westminister --- Tugaloo River Valley Chapter
 
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Kingsport --- Elijah Cross II Chapter
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Millington --- Piomingo Chapter
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Mt. Juliet --- (Chapter Organizing)
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Murfreesboro --- Brigadier General John Coffee Chapter
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Sevierville --- Thomas Ogle Chapter
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Sparta --- Upper Cumberland Chapter
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Waverly --- Tulip Grove Chapter
 
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Austin ---- Oliver Hazard Perry Chapter
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Azle----Isaac Parker Chapter
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Beaumont --- Willis Green Chapter
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College Station --- Stephen Williams Chapter
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Harker Heights --- Jordan Bass Chapter
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La Feria --- Captain Virgil McCracken Chapter
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Linden --- Mark Epperson Chapter
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Longview---Jacob Coffman Chapter
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Lubbock --- Private Isaac Gentry Chapter
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Lufkin --- William Gann Chapter
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Midland --- Alexander Daugherty Chapter
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Nacogdoches --- John S. Roberts Chapter
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New Braunfels --- Joseph Acker Chapter
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San Antonio --- Captain Augustus Jones Chapter
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San Antonio --- David Crockett Chapter
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West Columbia --- Micajah Fort Chapter
 
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Arlington --- Eliza Monroe Chapter
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Fredericksburg --- James Monroe Chapter
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Loudoun County --- Oak Hill Chapter
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Shenandoah --- Shenandoah Valley Chapter
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Tazewell --- Burke’s Garden Chapter
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Virginia Beach --- Fort Norfolk Chapter
 
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Otis Orchard --- Spokane House Chapter
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West Virginia State Society
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Martinsburg --- Captain James Gibson Chapter
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Morgantown --- Monongahela River Chapter