Does anyone recognize this particular Revolutionary War marker?

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I'm working on the Saylor/Seyler/Seiler family and need help identifying a Revolutionary War grave marker.  It's a star with letters and symbols in the points and "War 1776" in a circle in the center.  The letters are F, C, L.  One of the symbols is an anchor, but I don't recognize the other.  Here's an image:
in The Tree House by Loretta Layman G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)

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In short, this is a novelty marker/flag holder that someone either purchased and erected to recognize an individual, or it was erected by a local veterans association. While it appears old, it is not original to the time period and was erected long after the original burial.

FCL stands for “Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty”, the three guiding principles of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), which is is a fraternal organization of veterans of the Union Army who served in the American Civil War.

The two symbols are the anchor (for sailors) and crossed rifles (for land forces). This design was said to be patterned loosely on the original GAR badge.

by Steve Harris G2G6 Pilot (290k points)
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That's interesting really. I did know the DAR placed many of its markers even generations after the Revolutionary War. Of course, this one looks nothing like the few DAR markers I've seen.  Thanks very much Steven.

Not a problem! For more information of other types of markers you may run across, Gettysburg Flag Works has around 100 styles that you could compare against.

Thanks again. I live just 12 miles from Gettysburg and actually go there a few times every week.  smiley

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