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First Confederate National Flag
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

First Confederate National Flag

Catalog #: 42724    Accession #: 165001
Credit:  Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 36" H x 57.5" W

Physical Description

Blue cloth with a circle of eight stars, two wide red and one wide white stripe.

General History

The Confederate States of America’s 1st National Flag was also known as the “Stars & Bars.” This flag flew from 1861 to 1863. Each of the eight stars represented a Confederate state in March, 1861 when the flag was adopted. The similarity of the design of the Confederate flag and the Union “Stars and Stripes” made it difficult to distinguish between the two in the heat of battle. This resulted in troops firing on their own men or “friendly fire” and in the capture of numbers of prisoners of war.


Country: United States
War: Civil War
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