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Amid the recent Confederate Flag controversy, many American’s do not know that the flag of debate is actually the Confederate Battle Flag, not the Confederate National Flag. The Confederate Battle Flag is clearly the more popular flag to display and it is one of the world’s most famous flags. However, it is important to understand that this flag was not the national flag of the Confederate States of America. Throughout its history, the Confederate National Flag was a flag in flux. In fact, the national flag was revised four times. Take a look at the versions of the Confederate National Flag below.
First, Fourth and Final Version
The first version of the Confederate National Flag was actually the fourth, and the final version. The flag features stars and stripes, similar to the United States flag, but it actually closely resembles the Betsy Ross flag. Similar to the Betsy Ross flag, the circular formation of white five pointed stars symbolizes the states associating with the nation. In this case, the white stars represent the states that seceded from the Union.
Second Confederate National Flag
The second Confederate National Flag was the first to display the Confederate Battle Flag emblem. The battle flag appears in the top left quadrant of a white background. Because of the pure white background, the second national flag was referred to as “the Stainless Banner”.
Third Confederate National Flag
The third Confederate National Flag is a slight modification of the second national flag. The only difference between the two is that the third version added a vertical red bar on the right hand side of the flag. The third national flag is sometimes referred to as “the Blood-Stained Banner” because of the added red vertical bar.