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Difference in Confederate flags? PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Hicks   
Saturday, 19 December 2009 15:25

The difference in Confederate flags. Perhaps more than anything else, recent debates about “the Confederate flag” demonstrate that the public completely misunderstands historic Confederate flags and how they were used.


The first flag widely associated with the Confederacy, the Bonnie Blue flag, was never a national flag at all, but was flown in support of secession, particularly in Louisiana and Texas. One large white star on a field of blue, the flag was designed to symbolize secession as one state star being plucked from the blue field of the U.S. flag.

The Bonnie Blue Flag

Title: The Bonnie Blug Flag


The first Confederate national flag, unrecognized by most Southerners today, is correctly known as the Stars and Bars. Adopted by the Provisional Congress in March 1861, the flag was designed to reflect the U.S. flag.


Title: The 1st Confederate National Flag


Instead of 13 stripes, the Stars and Bars incorporated two red and one white bar, along with a blue field containing one star for each Confederate state. Smith's design refutes the notion that the Confederacy left the United States with malice, because the Confederate first national flag and national constitution both were patterned on those of the United States.


Unfortunately, the Stars and Bars created great confusion on the battlefield, because among the smoke and chaos, it looked like the Stars and Stripes. For that reason, Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston ordered that a new flag be designed for use by troops on the battlefield; the result was the Confederate battle flag.


Incorrectly called the Stars and Bars by many, the square Confederate battle flag incorporated the Cross of St. Andrew, a Celtic Christian symbol, along with the stars and colors used in the national flag. Despite what some contemporary critics believe, the battle flag never served as a national flag of the Confederacy. Instead, the banner demonstrated the influence of Christianity among the troops and served as a rallying point for Confederate soldiers on the field of battle.


Title: Confederate Battle Flag


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