First official Confederate flag; ca. 1861; a) Blue union with 8 white cotton stars arranged in a circle around one larger star. Field consists of two red bars and one white bar.; b) Flag case with two metal closings, and gold letters painted on the front: "THE FIRST C.S.A. STARS AND BARS FLAG, FLOATED IN VIRGINIA DURING THE CIVIL WAR./ Made in Wash. D.C. early in Spring of 1861 by "secesh" young ladies, and has always been considered the first one ever made./ CARRIED BY THE FAMOUS 6th VA. CAV."
First regulation flag of the Confederacy and national colors of the 6th Virginia Cavalry.; First Official flag of the Confederate States of America attributed to the Secessionist Ladies of Washington D.C.
The Confederate flag, commonly called ‘The Stars and Bars,” was similar in design to the United State flag. Its nine stars represent the first southern states to secede: South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia (Arkansas and Tennessee would join them later). This flag was allegedly made by “secessionist ladies” of Washington, D.C. and presented to the 6th Virginia Cavalry who carried it during the war. On the battlefield, “The Stars and Bars” was easily mistaken for the U.S. flag, and the Confederacy subsequently adopted a blue St Andrew’s cross on a red background as its official battle flag.