Confederate Flag (known as the Rebel Flag or the Dixie Flag)
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Confederate Flag Description:
The Confederate flag consists of a red base with a blue saltire cross, outlined in white. Inside the blue cross are 13 white, five-pointed stars.
Confederate Flag Meaning:
The 13 stars represent the 11 states that formed the confederacy, plus a star each for Missouri and Kentucky, which were admitted to the confederacy, but never actually seceded from the United States. They did, however, have two governments: one representing the Union and another representing the Confederacy. The flag is controversial. To many southern Americans it represents regional pride and heritage, but others refer to it as a symbol of slavery. The Confederate government defended or enforced racial segregation in the Southern States, which lasted for decades.
Confederate Flag History:
The Confederacy was formed on Feb. 4, 1861 by southern states, that left the United States, during the American Civil War. These states were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. This flag is officially the confederate Navy Jack, but is well known as the "Southern Cross" and the "Confederate flag". However, the official confederate flag was often hard to tell apart from the Union flag during battle, so the Southern Cross was usually used making it the flag most commonly associated with the confederacy. From 1663-1865 the flag was flown only on confederate ships.
Interesting Confederate Flag Facts:
The flag was originally designed by South Carolina Congressman, William Porcher Miles. It was supposed to be the Confederate's first national flag, but the Confederate government turned it down because it looked like a pair of crossed suspenders. However, it was flown as a battle flag by a few army units, including the Army of Tennessee. This flag is now the most recognized symbol of the American South and is commonly known as the Rebel flag or Dixie flag.
After the Civil War it was illegal to publicly fly any Confederate flags in states that were occupied by Federal troops.