The Confederate Navy Jack Is Not The Confederate Flag – Part 3

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First CSA national flag with 13 stars (November 28, 1861 – May 1, 1863)

The number of stars varied with the number of states coming out of the Union. So there was a seven star flag, an eleven star flag, which is the one in the previous post, with one star for each of the Confederate States, and finally the standard thirteen star flag with one of the stars for Missouri and one for Kentucky since they had both succeeded in rump legislative sessions but in the end were nominally kept in the Union. The flag above is the thirteen star version.

And finally, there is the Confederate battle flag which as you see below is square.

This is the Confederate Battle flag also known as the Army of Northern Virginia pattern battle flag. This flag was carried by Confederate military units fighting on land and was only used by military units.

[Images courtesy of Wikipedia and Wikipedia.]

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