With so many different flags to learn about, starting a collection of Civil War flags can be a daunting experience. Before you invest a lot of money on collectible flags of the Union or the Confederacy, make room for these three important flags in your collection.
The 35-Star Union Cavalry Guidon is an important Civil War flag because of its historic role in Civil War battles. The Union Army issued a General Order in 1862 to create guidons that incorporate the stars and stripes. Most collectors look for fully sewn cotton or nylon flags that are carefully stitched by craftsmen in the United States.
According to Civil War legend, General Lee’s Headquarters flag was made with a pattern of stars that closely resembles the Biblical Ark of the Covenant. It was made by Mary Curtis Lee, the wife of Robert E. Lee, and was flown over Lee’s headquarters until his retirement in 1864. The original flag can still be seen at the Museum of the Confederacy.
The First National flag is also called “Stars & Bars” flags. As the name implies, it was the first flag to be flown over the Confederate States of America. However, the original design was changed because it was often mistaken for the Union flag during battle. This flag was flown from March 1861 until May 1863. Eventually, 13 stars would be shown on this flag, a reflection of the Confederacy’s claims to have admitted Missouri and Kentucky into their union.
One question many collectors ask is where to buy Civil War flags. Thankfully, today there are plenty of ways to buy Union and Confederacy flags online.