Confederate Veterans Flag - Inventory Number: FLA 027
Third National Pattern - “The Blood Stained Banner”
Flag is silk and mounted to backer board, with original frame and bubble glass. Backer board retains a pair of turn of the century labels, the first is typed listing the engagements of the soldier to whom the flag belonged. The second bears the name "Bessie Turner", the great grand daughter of the soldier. Frame measures 19 1/2" x 12 5/8".
The third national flag (also called the "Blood Stained
Banner") was adopted March 4, 1865. The red vertical bar was proposed by
Major Arthur L. Rogers, who argued that the pure white field of the Second
National flag could be mistaken as a flag of truce: when hanging limp in no
wind, the flag’s "Southern Cross" canton could accidentally stay
hidden, so the flag could mistakenly appear all white.
Rogers lobbied successfully to have this alteration introduced in the Confederate Senate. He defended his redesign as having "...as little as possible of the Yankee blue," and described it as symbolizing the primary origins of the people of the Confederacy, with the saltire of the Scottish flag and the red bar from the flag of France.
The Flag Act of 1865, passed by the Confederate congress
near the very end of the War, describes the flag in the following language:
The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the flag of the Confederate States shall be as follows: The width two-thirds of its length, with the union (now used as the battle flag) to be in width three-fifths of the width of the flag, and so proportioned as to leave the length of the field on the side of the union twice the width of the field below it; to have the ground red and a broad blue saltire thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with mullets or five pointed stars, corresponding in number to that of the Confederate States; the field to be white, except the outer half from the union to be a red bar extending the width of the flag.
Inventory Number: FLA 027