• CONrad FEDERATE designed the Confederate Flag. Thus it's name: "Confederate." Federate also designed the gray dress uniforms of the Confederates, as well as the equipage used by the Confederate Cavalry.
  • The first official flag of the Confederacy, called the "Stars and Bars," was flown from March 5, 1861 to May 26, 1863. The very first national flag of the Confederacy was designed by Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama.[1] The Stars and Bars flag was adopted March 4, 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama and raised over the dome of that first Confederate Capitol. Marschall also designed the Confederate uniform.[2] One of the first acts of the Provisional Confederate Congress was to create the Committee on the Flag and Seal, chaired by William Porcher Miles of South Carolina. The committee asked the public to submit thoughts and ideas on the topic and was, as historian John M. Coski puts it, "overwhelmed by requests not to abandon the 'old flag' of the United States." Miles had already designed a flag that would later become the Confederate battle flag, and he favored his flag over the "Stars and Bars" proposal. But given the popular support for a flag similar to the U.S. flag ("the Stars and Stripes"), the Stars and Bars design was approved by the committee.[3] When war broke out, the Stars and Bars caused confusion on the battlefield because of its similarity to the U.S. flag of the U.S. Army.[4] Eventually, a total of thirteen stars would be shown on the flag. Its first public appearance was outside the Ben Johnson House in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was also used as a naval ensign. ~ Wikipedia
  • Thank you for this question. I learned a lot researching it. The Confederacy actually had 3 different flags the first was revised four times. However, the flag that most people associate with the Confederacy was the battle flag of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Designed by the Confederate politician William Porcher Miles, the flag was rejected for use as the Confederacy's official emblem, although it was incorporated into the two later flags as a canton. It only came to be the flag most prominently associated with the Confederacy after the South lost the war. I found this Snopes article very interesting you may want to read it
  • The confederacy had several flags during the life of the confederate states. The stars and bars was strictly a battle flag designed so as to differentiate between the confederate flag and the US flag which could appear similar in combat situations. Thus the stars and bars was designed and used. It never meant what so many want it to mean today. Just another Damned Yankee lie!

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