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First National Flag of the Confederate States
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On the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated President of the United States, the Confederate States of America adopted its first national banner. It was fairly similar to "Old Glory" in many ways. The canton was dark blue with white stars representing the seven states that had seceded. Replacing the 13 alternating red and white stripes were 3 horizontal "bars," 2 red and 1 white. As more states seceded and joined the Confederacy, the number of stars increased from 7 to 13. The design was chosen from more than 400 designs submitted.

John Tyler, former U. S. President and member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America watched as his granddaughter, Letitia Christian Tyler raised the first flag over the Confederate capital of Montgomery.

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First National Flag of the Confederate States was last changed on - November 14, 2006
First National Flag of the Confederate States was added in 2005



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