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Today in Confederate History: The First Flag

One hundred fifty years ago today, on March 4, 1861, the newly-formed Confederate States of America approved the “Stars and Bars” as the official national flag of the Confederacy. Seven stars representing the seven seceded states formed a circle in a blue canton, which was set in the corner of broad red-white-red bars. A later version of the First National added six more stars for the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri.  A new flag, the Second National, appeared in 1863 because the First National was too often mistaken for the US flag.