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This is not the confederate national flag:
When the United States split in twain during the civil war this was the first flag her
rebel half used: The Bonnie Blue which she copied from the Republic of West Florida.
No really.
This country existed: a border disagreement between Spain and the US over the Louisiana
purchase gave some local rebels an opportunity take over a fort in 1810, declare independence,
as required with a flag, and run a government -- for 78 days until The United States put
an end to that.
*Anyway*, fast forward to the Civil War and when Mississippi seceded from the Union she
adopted the flag of the tiny country that had been within her borders.
And it became the unofficial flag of the rebellion but not for long.
Blue wouldn't do.
That's a Yankee color.
The new confederate government asked for deigns submission and got several.
Including one from a German/Prussian artist in Alabama who possibly took design cues from
the Austrian Empire.
And Betsy Ross.
(Side note: while we are talking about misnamed flags, Betsy Ross probably didn't design this
flag -- there's no evidence to support that she did, only stories from long after she
died -- Lady Godivia style.
But we're getting off track here.)
The confederate government selected this as her official flag and named it the "Stars
and Bars" -- so calling this the stars and bars is wrong on two counts: that's not it's
name, this is a cross.
These are bars.
New flag adopted off to war, but on the battlefield, the flag's similarity with the Union's was
confusing what with all the terror and smoke.
Nonetheless the Confederacy stuck with her flag, but her Army wanted to avoid friendly
fire and so took one of the rejected designs and squarified it into a battle flag.
The navy too, liked this design and eventually switched, though using a brighter, presumably
non-yankee blue.
The popularity of the official flag decreased in the confederacy as time went on (even as
they kept increasing the stars) while the popularity of the battle flag grew.
So in 1863 the Confederate Government tried again, and went with white sticking the battle
flag in the corner.
This was *better* in sense that the flag looked less like the Yankee's, but *worse* in that
the international symbol of surrender was now in the background.
The army stuck with theirs.
Two years later, the confederate government *again* changed the flag, adding a red bar
and a new, tough name.
Also, the design *slightly* rectangularlified the battle flag.
This could no longer be mistaken for surrender and was the last flag as 36 days later the
confederacy surrendered.
So this design was never technically the flag of the confederate government -- but... close
enough.
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林宜悉 發佈於 2020 年 3 月 28 日
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