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There were three successive designs that served as the official national flags of the Confederate States of America (the “Confederate States” or the “Confederacy”) during its existence from 1861 to 1865.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
Since the end of the American Civil War, private and official use of the Confederacy’s flags, and of flags with derivative designs, has continued under philosophical, political, cultural, and racial controversy in the United States. These include flags displayed in states; cities, towns, and counties; schools, colleges, and universities; private organizations and associations; and by individuals.
The state flag of Mississippi features the Confederate army’s battle flag in the canton, or upper left corner, the only current U.S. state flag to do so. The state flag of Georgia is very similar to the first national flag of the Confederacy, the “Stars, and Bars”; a prior design incorporating the Confederate battle flag was in use from 1956 until 2001.
The Army of Northern Virginia battle flag was square, of various sizes for the different branches of the service: 52 inches (130 cm) square for the infantry, 38 inches (97 cm) for the artillery, and 32 inches (81 cm) for the cavalry. Its design was derived from the previous Naval Jack of the Confederacy, which was rectangular. It was used in battle beginning in December 1861 until the fall of the Confederacy. The blue on the saltire in the battle flag was navy blue, as opposed to the much lighter blue of the Naval Jack.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
This flag was used by the soldiers of the Army as the de facto official flag was too similar to the Union’s flag. To avoid confusion on the battlefield, this flag was used consistently by almost the entire army.
The flag’s stars represented the number of states in the Confederacy. The distance between the stars decreased as the number of states increased, reaching thirteen when the secessionist factions of Kentucky and Missouri joined in late 1861.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
The first national flag
It also known as the Stars and Bars , served from 1861 to 1863 as the Confederate Navy’s first battle ensign. It was generally made with an aspect ratio of 2:3, but a few very wide 1:2 ratio ensigns still survive today in museums and private collections. As the Confederacy grew, so did the numbers of white stars seen on the ensign’s dark blue canton: seven, nine, eleven, and thirteen-star groupings were typical. Even a few fourteen- and fifteen-starred ensigns were made to include states that were expected to secede but never completely joined the Confederacy.
The second national flag was later adopted as a naval ensign, using a shorter 2:3 ratio than the 1:2 ratio adopted by the Confederate Congress for the national flag. This particular battle ensign was the only example taken around the world, finally becoming the last Confederate flag lowered in the Civil War; this happened aboard CSS Shenandoah in Liverpool, England on November 7, 1865.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
Legal recognition and protection
In some U.S. states Confederate flags are given the same protection from burning and desecration as the U.S. flag. They are protected from being publicly mutilated, defiled, or otherwise cast in contempt by the laws of five U.S. states: Florida, Georgia,Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. However, laws banning the desecration of any flag, even if technically remaining in effect, were ruled unconstitutional in 1989 by the Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson, and are not enforceable.
By contrast, in California, legislation enacted in 2014 prohibits Confederate flags from being sold or displayed by government agencies, except for historical or educational purposes.
For use of Confederate symbols in modern society and popular culture, see Modern display of the Confederate flag.
A more rectangular variant of the Army of Northern Virginia battle flag, common in modern reproductions. (A similar flag was used during the war by the Army of Tennessee under General Joseph E. Johnston.)
Despite never having historically represented the Confederate States of America as a country, nor officially recognized as one of its national flags, the rectangular Second Confederate Navy Jack and the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia are now flag types commonly referred to as “the Confederate Flag”.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
They both have become a widely recognized symbol of the Southern United States. It is also known as the “rebel flag”, “Dixie flag”, and “Southern cross”and is often incorrectly referred to as the “Stars and Bars”. The actual “Stars and Bars” is the first national flag, which used an entirely different design. The self-declared Confederate exclave of Town Line, New York, lacking a genuine Confederate flag, flew a version of this flag prior to its 1946 vote to ceremonially rejoin the Union.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
As of the early 21st century, the “rebel flag” has become a highly divisive symbol in the United States.In a national survey in 2015 across all races, 57% of Americans had the opinion that the second Confederate Navy Jack represented Southern pride rather than racism.Top 40 Rebel Flag Wallpapers Backgrounds HD
A similar poll in 2000 had a nearly identical result of 59%. In the 2015 poll, 72% of African-Americans and 25% of whites nationwide saw the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism, while in the South, 75% of African-Americans said the flag was a symbol of racism; whites in the South were divided in their views along educational lines, with only 18% of those without a college degree and 41% of those with a college degree viewing it as a racist symbol. Whites with a college degree were less likely to view the flag as a symbol of Southern pride than those without one.
Source – Wikipedia.