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The first Confederate national flag with 7 stars (March 4, 1861 – May 21, 1861). Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Museum of the Confederacy to present flag program

The first Confederate national flag with 7 stars (March 4, 1861 – May 21, 1861). Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
The first Confederate national flag with 7 stars (March 4, 1861 – May 21, 1861). Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

RICHMOND, Va. – “The Confederate Flags of 1861: From Secession To War” is the topic of a program to be presented by former associate editor of Blue and Gray Magazine and well-known flag expert Greg Biggs. The program takes place Saturday, June 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT at the Museum of the Confederacy.

From the fall of 1860 through November 1861, the Southern states created a number of banners to reflect their feelings and thoughts on the issues of the day. Often using old Revolutionary War symbols, the flags made in this time were some of the most diverse that would be created during the war. State flags came into use as well as distinctive company level colors as those units were raised. New regiments carried a variety of flags that become more standardized when the Confederate States of America created its first national flag. That banner often caused some identity confusion on the battlefield so the desire to create a “war flag” led to the adoption of the first specific battle flag for a confederate army.

Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Guests will also be treated to tours of the museum’s flag vault. Hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be provided. Register online at www.moc.org or contact Will Glasco at 855-649-1861 ext. 143 or email at wglasco@moc.org.

The Museum of the Confederacy is a private, nonprofit educational institution. The museum and White House are located in downtown Richmond in the historic Court End neighborhood, in addition to its new location in Appomattox. The museum owns the world’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the Confederate States of America. The museum is at 1201 E. Clay St.


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The first Confederate national flag with 7 stars (March 4, 1861 – May 21, 1861). Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
The first Confederate national flag with 7 stars (March 4, 1861 – May 21, 1861). Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.