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Alabama Flag & Banner

Ryan Phillips
Birmingham Business Journal

When a manufacturer of Confederate flags opted to quit production, Huntsville-based Alabama Flag and Banner began making their own.

The store owners and employees began making the Confederate flags in-store using their own equipment and materials, according to a report from

The orders began to pile up when the company started producing their own flags, selling more than 1,000 on the first day of self-production.

Despite calls from around Alabama and the country to have the flags removed, owners of the store have insisted they will continue to sell what they view as a "historic" flag.

Sales for the Huntsville flag shop hit a high last Tuesday, following the media firestorm that ignited in the wake of a shooting in South Carolina that left nine dead and a shooter in custody with white supremacist ties.

The company offers four sizes of Confederate flags, ranging from $25 in price to $85.

Owners of the establishment said, on average, the store would sell two or three flags a week prior to the same controversy that inspired Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to order the flags removed from the Capitol grounds last week.

From Birmingham Business Journal
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First Battle Flags

The presentation of the first battleflags to the Confederate Army at Centerville, November 28th 1861. Theses flags were mostly pink and rose silk (red silk being hard to come by at the time). General Beauregard and Johnston were present along with other generals and dignitaries. Later on the flags started to be made from red wool. By Don Troiani.



Will the real Confederate Flag please stand up?

When one usually thinks of the Confederate flag this usually comes to mind, a flag with a red banner, crisscrossed with with blue stripes and white stars.  This images usually evokes very strong emotions, for some it is a symbol of racism and hatred.  For others it is a symbol of southern pride and heritage.  While for others it can be a symbol of rebellion.  However, during the American Civil War, this was one of many flags that was used to symbolize the Confederacy, and in fact a wide variety of flags and banners were used by Confederate forces.  The Confederacy was exactly what it was named after, a Confederacy (which is a loose union of independent states).  As a result each was almost like its own independent nation, and chose their own Confederate flags to take into battle.

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How The Confederate Flag Made Its Way To Okinawa

On 29 May, Able Company, Red Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, commanded by South Carolina native Capt Julius Dusenberg, approached to within 800 yards of Shuri Castle. The castle lay within the zone of the 77th Infantry Division, known as the Statue of Liberty Boys. However, GEN Ushijima’s rear guard had stalled the 77 this advance.

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How the Confederate flag was born

How a flag was born

Three Confederate flags
  • The first national flag of the Confederacy was the Stars and Bars (left) in 1861, but it caused confusion on the battlefield
  • "Everybody wants a new Confederate flag," wrote George Bagby, Southern Literary Messenger editor. "The present one is universally hated. It resembles the Yankee flag and that is enough to make it unutterably detestable."
  • Its replacement was nicknamed the Stainless Banner (centre) and it incorporated General Lee's battle flag, designed by William Porcher Mills
  • A third national flag, nicknamed the Bloodstained Banner (right) was adopted in 1865 but was not widely manufactured
  • After the war, the battle flag, not any of the national ones, lived on
From The BBC

Why do people still fly the Confederate flag?

By Tom Geoghegan, BBC News, Washington 

A row has erupted in Virginia over a proposal to fly a huge Confederate flag outside the state capital, Richmond. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the flag can still be seen flying from homes and cars in the South. Why?

For millions of young Britons growing up in the early 1980s, one particular image of the Confederate flag was beamed into living rooms across the UK every Saturday evening.

The flag emblazoned the roof of the General Lee, becoming a blur of white stars on a blue cross when at breathtaking speed, the Dodge Charger took the two heroes, Bo and Luke Duke, out of the clutches of the hapless police in The Dukes of Hazzard.

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Captured Flag

Confederate flag captured by the 4th Minnesota at the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi.

A newspaper correspondent says: “Captain L. B. Martin, of the 4th Minnesota, A. A. G. to Colonel Sanborn, seized the flag of the 59th Indiana Infantry, rode rapidly beyond the skirmishers (Company H of 4th Minnesota, Lieutenant George A. Clark), and raised it over the dome of the capitol. Lieutenant Donaldson of the 4th, also riding in advance, captured a flag made of silk; on one side was inscribed ‘Claiborne Rangers,’ and on the other ‘Our Rights.’ – Concise History of the State of Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society image.

From Daily Observations of the Civil War