(The Cowpens Flag 1781 - Image by Rick Wyatt). The Cowpens Flag, according to legend, was carried at the Battle. In reality, the flag was the regimental flag of the Third Maryland Regiment, and this unit had been disbanded just prior to the battle. The original flag, complete with bullet holes, is still stored in the State House in Annapolis, Maryland. The famous "Spirit of '76 painting by Archibald MacNeal Willard features the cowpens flag, not the Betsey ross design, which is similar.