Sunday, October 18, 2015
Flags of the Confederate States of America
The Second National Flag was created and put into service on May 1, 1863. Called the Stainless Banner because of the predominant white field in the design, it was said to refer to "the unspotted virtue and honor of Southerners and their fight for independence from the tyranny and aggression of northern states." This flag was also nicknamed the Stonewall Jackson Flag because it was used to cover General Stonewall Jackson's coffin at his funeral. This flag had a problem, however. On a calm day it was sometimes mistaken for a flag of truce or surrender because the white field often concealed the rest of the design. The Second National was also adapted as a naval ensign in 1863 and was the only ensign taken around the world (on board the CSS Shenandoah) and was the last Confederate flag lowered at the end of the war (November 7, 1865 on board the CSS Shenandoah at Liverpool, England).