The confusion caused by the similarity in the flags of the Union and the Confederacy was of great concern to Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard after the first Battle of Manassas. He suggested that the Confederate national flag be changed to something completely different, in order to avoid confusion in battles in the future. However, this idea was rejected by the Confederate government. Beauregard then suggested that there should be two flags. One, the National flag, and the second one being a battle flag, with the battle flag being completely different from the United States flag.
- This is not the National Flag of the Confederacy. It is a battle flag. Three national flags were tried before the final design was settled on:
- The first National flag design looked too much like the Union Flag and caused confusion in commanding armies in maneuvers.
- The second one looked too much like a surrender flag when there was no breeze and it was hanging limply…
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