Sizes 3x5 and 5x8 Third National Printed Polyester Flags
The actual size of the flag in the picture is 3x5. The artwork on the 5x8 is the same.
History of the Third National Flag of the Confederacy
The third national flag "the Blood Stained Banner" was adopted by Congress on March 4, 1865. The red vertical bar was added because the pure white field of the Second National flag could be mistaken as a white flag of surrender while hanging in no wind. The flag's Southern Cross canton could accidentally stay hidden, so the flag could possibly appear all white. The flag was described as symbolizing the primary origins of the people of the Confederacy, with the St. Andrew's Cross of the British flags as well as the red bar from the flag of France. Despite the passage of the Flag Act of 1865, very few third national flags were actually produced and put into use.
Single-ply polyester is a very lightweight material that will fly nicely in the slightest breeze. The artwork is viewable from both sides of the flag.
- One solid piece of printed, hemmed fabric
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying