While never officially adopted, this was the first flag used by the Confederacy and Confederate troops. This is the “Bonnie Blue Flag,” which also inspired the Confederate marching song of the same name.
We are a band of brothers and native to the soil,
Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil;
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far,
Hurrah! for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
“Hurrah, hurrah, for Southern rights hurrah,
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue flag that bears the single star”
Some people fly this flag in memory of their Confederate ancestors since it has few political associations given that most people have no idea what it is. It never ceases to amaze me how long the various Confederate flags have stayed in the public mind and continue to cause such bitter controversy. As an 8th generation Southerner I can say with assurance that the South lost the war and it is time to put the flag away.
[Images courtesy of Wikipedia.]