Original U.S. Civil War Confederate 3rd National Format Parade Flag - Possibly Constructed from Original Battle Flag

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This very rare Confederate parade flag in the Third National format. Flag was reportedly made from the remains of a Confederate Battle Flag. Flag is constructed from wool bunting. The flag does show signs of having been made from several pieces of material lending to the claim of being made from a Confederate Battle Flag. It measures approximately 60" x 31".

Note the the great variation in the shape and size of the arms of the stars. A larger center star is always a nice feature; note how the star is upside-down in its orientation on this particular example. This would have had no intended purpose, but it is peculiar to the modern eye and adds to the attractive nature of the overall design, which has very strong folk qualities

Based on the construction and what is known about surviving Confederate parade flags and their probable use, this one was most likely produced during the 1880s. The crude stars are more indicative of examples made during and prior to the 1876 era than they are among those made afterward, like this one. The flag would either have been made for use by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), which was established in 1884 and thus pre-dated the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), which formed in 1889 and served as the primary post-war organization for Confederate soldiers. The women came first because it was safer for them to organize than it was for the men.

The Confederacy had three successive national designs, known as the first, second, and third confederate national flags. The original first confederate design looked much like the Stars & Stripes. It consisted of 7 white stars arranged in a blue canton, and three linear stripes instead of thirteen (2 red with one white in-between). This is the flag known as the Stars & Bars. Because they were so alike, use of the Stars & Stripes and the Stars & Bars on the same battlefield created great confusion. For this reason, the second Confederate flag was adopted on May 26th, 1863. It was white in color, with the Southern Cross (the Confederate battle flag) serving as its canton. Soldiers and officers alike disliked this design because it looked too much like a surrender flag, and, if given the opportunity, they would dip the end in blood. 36 days before the war's end a red vertical bar was added at the fly end and the result became the third national design. This was the "blood stained banner", but officially it did not represent blood, but rather paid homage to the French, who lent aid to the South during the war. Note how if you were to replace the first third of the flag with a blue vertical bar, the result would be the French tricolor, the national flag of France. Many people are surprised to learn that the Southern Cross, by itself, was not the national flag of the Confederate States of America. Officially, in rectangular format, it served as the Confederate Navy Jack. In square format it came to be called "the battle flag", partly because it was carried in this format, for that purpose, by Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, as well as by Beauregard's Army and others. It also received widespread love in the South because the second and third national designs were not particularly admired by Confederate soldiers, the second for reasons previously stated and the third because the design was so short-lived.

Overall a wonderful looking Confederate Parade Flag in the Third National Format. You won't find one of these again anytime soon!
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