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Belle Boyd-Related First National Flag Offered for Auction

Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by James N., Aug 23, 2016.

  1. James N.

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    Wow! That's in incredible condition for its age! And it's got quite the hefty price tag to go along with it! Be interesting if we could find out what it eventually goes for. Thanks for sharing it - Belle is a favorite of mine for her sheer audacity and nerve! :geek:
     
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    Why does one side have a single star and the other has 11?
    Or is this two different flags?
     
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    If you follow the link to the Heritage Auctions site describing the flag you can find this rather long-winded and highly speculative explanation:

    "While one side features the eleven stars in a circle, typical of First National flags, the other side has but a single star in the center of the canton. Noted flag authority James Ferrigan has suggested that this was most likely a tribute to one of the first Confederate flags, the beloved "Bonnie blue flag that bears the single star." The tradition of the single star as a symbol of defiance and independence, however, goes back much farther.

    In a little known episode of American history, English speaking residents of Spanish-controlled areas now known as Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana rose up in rebellion in 1810, creating an entity they named the Republic of West Florida. While the Republic lasted only three months, it did adopt a flag--a single star on a plain field--as a symbol of their defiance. When Texans rose in rebellion against Mexico in 1836 their Congress adopted a similar design, known as the Burnet Flag, doubtless at least in part as a tribute to that earlier revolt. The Burnet Flag remained the official flag of the Republic until 1839, when a red, white and blue design--still featuring a single star in the center of the blue canton--was adopted. The design is strikingly similar to this First National Flag, doubtless not simply by coincidence. When Mississippi left the Union in 1861 it adopted a single-star flag patterned on the Republic of West Florida and Burnet flags. Small wonder that a Confederate patriot like Belle Boyd, or whoever hand-made the present flag, would be inspired to include a tribute to those earlier banners when designing it."

    I've consigned items from my own personal small collection to Heritage before and am not necessarily satisfied with their authentication/documentation.
     
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    The condition of this flag is amazing. Looks like it would have the day she gave it to him.
     

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