With all the attention being paid to Abraham Lincoln in connection to Barak Obama's presidency, I thought for a moment when I saw the historic United States flags hanging from the west side of the Capitol Building as a backdrop to his inaugeral that one of them was a 34-star "Civil War Era" flag. Ah, but this image clearly shows the flag has 21 stars! What is the significance of that, you may ask? Barak Obama, master of symbolism, chose the 1819-1820 edition of the United States Flag because it has very particular meaning.
That was the flag when they added the star for Illinois!