Surrender of Lord Cornwallis (1820) by Patriot John Trumbull, 1756-1843, The Rotunda, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC.
“The Baron Steuben mentioned when he was here that he would settle with your Excellency some Plan as to the Colours. It was intended that every Regiment should have two Colours—one the Standard of the United States which should be the same throughout the Army & the other a Regimental Colour which should vary according to the facings of the Regiments. But it is not yet settled what the Standard of the U. States is. If your Excellency will therefore favor us with your Opinion on the Subject we will report to Congress & request them to establish a Standard & so soon as this is done we will endeavour to get Materials & order a Number made sufficient for the Army. Neither can we tell what should be the Regimental Colours as the Uniforms were by a late resolution of Congress to be settled by your Excellency.”
The Board of War to General Washington, May 10th, 1779
Commanders of the Virginia SAR Color Guard
Commander Andrew Johnson 18 February 2006 – 09 February 2008 Commander Lawrence McKinley 09 February 2008 – 13 February 2010 Commander Robert Andrews 13 February 2010 – 23 February 2012 Commander Peter Davenport 23 February 2012 – 15 February 2014 Commander Darrin Schmidt 15 February 2014 - 11 February 2017 Commander William Schwetke 11 February 2017 – 09 February 2019 Commander Paul Chase 09 February 2019 – 14 September 2019 Commander Kenneth Bonner 14 September 2019 – 12 February 2022 Commander Christopher Melhuish 12 February 2022 –