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Report of the Stars and Bars Committee

Excerpt from Report of the Stars and Bars Committee: United Confederate Veterans, Richmond Reunion, June 1 to 3, 1915 Comrades - Your committee, appointed by Special Order No. 30, September 14, 1914, in accordance with resolution passed at the Jacksonville Reunion, "to investigate the designing of the 'Stars and Bars' Flag of the Confederacy," have, as therein directed, made a most thorough and exhaustive examination of the whole matter - it gave all possible publicity - and your committee beg leave to submit the following report: The Hon. Wm. Porcher Miles, for the Committee on Flag and Seal of the Confederacy, made report to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, March 4, 1861;with this report was submitted the selected design. Mr. Miles reported "that something was conceded by the committee to what seemed a strong desire to retain, at least, a suggestion of the old Stars and Stripes." The design so submitted by the committee, and subsequently approved by the Congress, was, however, so suggestive of the old Stars and Stripes that it was practically the same, except the bars, "Red, White and Red," were substituted for the thirteen stripes. The report brings out the fact which, for the truth of history, should be ever remembered, that the Southern people earnestly and devotedly loved the old Union; that they seceded therefrom with deep regret when forced to do so to maintain their rights as a free people; and this attachment was so strong that the Congressional Committee was obliged to recommend a flag closely resembling "Old Glory," which had ever been cherished by the Southern people. The decision of the Flag Committee evidently eliminated all other designs and limited them in their selection to the most practicable of the designs, which assimilated to the United States Flag. There is not a word in the said report which justifies the statement of a local newspaper in saying, "The Flag of the Confederate States was the work of the committee appointed by Congress - none of the designs sent by indivduals as models having been thought suitable." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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