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gpthelastrebel
Sun Jul 19 2020, 02:36PM

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It is true the Confederate Battle Flag was not an official flag of the Confederate government. It was however the flag the Confederate Soldier followed into battle. There are many variations of this flag, this is a photo of only one variation.




Taking look at the flags used by the Union army that Were and Were Not official flags of the US Government.



The 33 Star Flag-- The 33-Star Great Star Design
Although never an official version of the United States flag, this very popular variant design was proudly displayed by many patriotic Americans. It was never officially used by the military or any government organization.

It should be noted here that Congress had never made any regulation about what type of star pattern should be used on the "official" United States flag. Therefore, any pattern was acceptable. The Navy regulated the star pattern on their "boat" flags to horizontal rows, but the Army and civil government did not. This explains the many different star patterns.



34 Star Flag--- The 34 star flag was adopted July 4, 1861 after the admission of Kansas (the 34th state) to the Union. It is the 16th flag of the United States. There are 13 stripes - 7 red and 6 white that represent the original 13 colonies. There are 34 white 5-pointed stars on a field of blue in the upper left corner.





35 Star Flag--- United States of America (1863-1865)
This flag became our flag when West Virginia separated from Virginia to join the Union in 1863. It remained our flag until the close of the Civil War. Presidents Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) served under this flag.





20th Maine



69th Irish




Fort Sumter Flag----- The 33-Star garrison flag that flew over Fort Sumter is sometimes called "the flag that started a war." The fort's commander was Major Anderson when the first shots of the American Civil War were fired in Charleston harbor. He surrendered to the Southern forces under General Beauregard after three days of token resistance. The only two casualties of the fighting were two Confederate privates killed when their cannon accidentally exploded.

Ever since the Mexican-American War (about 1845) the Army had followed an unofficial tradition of using a "diamond" pattern for the stars on their garrison flags. The Fort Sumter flag is a good example of this practice.

Source of info-- http://loeser.us/flags/civil.html#:~:text=The%2035-Star%20Union%20Naval%20Jack%20A%20jack%20is,blue%20flag%20containing%20a%20star%20for%20each%20state.
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