Introduction to the flag In the annals of American history, few symbols are as instantly recognizable and controversial as the Confederate battle flag. Commonly mistaken as the ‘Confederate flag,’ this iconic emblem holds a unique place in the nation’s collective memory. In this article, we’ll delve into the history of the flag of the Army […]
For a while the new Battle Flag was referred to as “Beauregard’s flag.” When the armies of Beauregard and Johnston combined into a new Army of Northern Virginia (March of 1862), this flag became closely associated with that force and its longtime commander, Robert E. Lee.
It is interesting that Johnston was the one that determined the square shape of the original flag, but for the Army of Tennessee he adopted an elongated one.