Louisiana state flag february '61

14th Louisiana

Mar 24, 2011
Hi all,
don't know if this is the correct place for this post.

This is said was the Louisiana national flag during civil war, adopted on february 1861. Is famous and very colorful, but it seems that it existed at the same time with the blue state flag with the pelican.
Anyone have information to clarify the matter?
Was this flag ever used in battle?
Thank you.


Rusk County Avengers

1st Lieutenant
Apr 8, 2018
Coffeeville, TX
I'm no expert, but I believe it only flew over the Louisiana's independent "republic" period after secession and before joining the CSA. The Pelican flag of the period was probably more commonly seen, with some unique secession variants known. If I remember right the Louisiana Legislature had a member that was vocal against the Pelican and thus, this flag.

I'd love to think this flag was flown in battle, but I know of no evidence it did. I'm sure a couple were flown at the head of a column of volunteers or two off to war, but were quickly replaced by the Stars and Bars.