Confederate “Stars and Bars” Printed Nylon Flag
American-made printed nylon 3×5 First National flag of the Confederacy. Nylon flags are durable with bright colors and lightweight enough to fly in a light breeze. The image is viewable from both sides of the flag.
- Made in the USA
- Fade-resistant, 100% 200 denier nylon fabric that flys easily in a light breeze
- The artwork is dyed for long-lasting, bright colors
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Finished with canvas header and 2 brass grommets
- Flag size: 3′ x 5′
History of the First National Flag of the Confederacy
The first official national flag of the Confederacy, the “Stars and Bars”, was adopted on March 4, 1861, and served until May 1, 1863, when it was replaced with the second national “Stainless Banner”. Designed by German/Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama, the 1st national flag resembled the flag of the Austrian Empire. This first version of the flag had 7 stars in the blue field representing the 1st 7 states to secede from the Union (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas). On May 21, 1861, 2 stars were added after Virginia and Arkansas seceded. North Carolina and Tennessee were the final 2 states to secede and 2 more stars were added on July 2, 1861, bringing the total number of stars to 11. On November 28, 1861, 2 more stars were added to the flag, representing Kentucky and Missouri, although those states never officially seceded from the United States. The 13-star National flag served until May 1, 1863.
The Provisional Confederate Congress was charged with creating the National Flag and Seal. The committee asked the public to submit thoughts and ideas on the topic and was, overwhelmed by requests not to completely abandon the flag of the United States (stars and stripes). Because of the popular support for a flag resembling the U.S. flag, the stars and bars design was approved by the committee. When war broke out, the “stars and bars” flag caused confusion on the battlefield because of its similarity to the U.S. flag, especially when it was hanging down on the flagstaff with no breeze. This confusion along with considerable criticism from other Confederates eventually led to the “stars and bars” being replaced by the “stainless banner” or 2nd National flag.