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Confederate Flags Honored on Current State Flags

October 30, 2018

When the Arkansas flag was adopted in 1913 it had three stars in the center, representing the countries to which it belonged before statehood. In 1923, a fourth star was added to symbolize that Arkansas had been part of the Confederate States of America.

 

From 1868 to 1900, Florida’s flag was the state seal on a white background. Governor Fleming proposed that the red cross be added. The stated reason was so it didn’t look like a surrender flag, but documents show it was inspired by the Confederate Battle Flag. Fleming had fought as a Rebel from 1961 to 1965.

 

Alabama’s flag is even simpler. It was also intended to be square, like the ones used by the Army of Northern Virginia. The Alabama State Archives has a color drawing of it, part of the papers of Governor William Oates (governor from 1894 – 1896). Oates led the Confederate charge on Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

 

At the same time North Carolina seceded, it adopted its own flag, which you can see here. This continued to be the state flag of North Carolina until it was changed to a design submitted by a former Rebel soldier. Here is the flag today.

 

 

In 1956 Georgia adopted this flag.

 

 

It became controversial and was ultimately changed in 2003. It is now the 13-Star Confederate First National flag, with the addition of the Georgia state seal and the words, “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

 

 

When Mississippi seceded in 1961 it briefly used the Bonnie Blue flag. But it quickly adopted this flag.

 

Like North Carolina, Mississippi used their Confederate flag for years after the war. Then in 1894 it adopted this flag.

While it was repealed in 1906, it continued in use. In 2003 voters once again made it the official flag of Mississippi.

 

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