3×5 thru 6×10 Fully Sewn Confederate “Stars and Bars” Flags – Thirteen Stars
Fully sewn heavy-duty polyester First National Confederate flags. Two-ply polyester is the most durable option for those who fly their flag 24/7. These flags feature beautifully appliqued and embroidered stars and sewn panels with rich, vibrant colors.
- Heavy-duty construction
- Sewn panels and embroidered stars (6×10 has appliqued stars with embroidered edges)
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- 6×10 features 4 rows of stitching and triangle-reinforced corner patches on the fly end for extra strength
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” caused confusion on the battlefield because of the likeness 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”.