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  8 STARS, CONFEDERATE SYMPATHIZER, VIRGINIA SECESSION, EXTREMELY SCARCE, 1861

Available: Sold
Frame Size (H x L): 8.5" x 7.75"
Flag Size (H x L): 4.75" x 3"
Description....:
8 star American national-style parade flag, printed on coarse, glazed cotton, made during the Civil War period to commemorate Virginia's secession from the Union. On April 17th, 1861, Virginia became the 8th Confederate state to secede, following the initial wave of seven states that had taken place on the preceding February 4th. The stars of the flag are arranged in a medallion configuration with a single, slightly larger star in the center to represent Virginia.

While northern children waved their 13 star flags, some of their southern counterparts waved 7, 8, and possibly 9 star flags as a subtle means of displaying their Confederate loyalty. Parade flags with 7 stars are the most common. Most are not war period, but made after the fact, during a time when it was ill-advised to wave confederate flags in public. Those with 9 stars are much scarcer and most, like their 7-star counterparts, are of post-war production. 8 star parade flags, on the other hand, are extremely rare and I have seen fewer than ten examples, all of which are war-period.

Mounting: The flag was stitched to 100% cotton rag mat and placed in a substantial, gilded frame, of the 1830-1860 period, with great early surface. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is u.v. protective.
Collector Level: Intermediate-Level Collectors and Special Gifts
Flag Type: Parade flag
Star Count: 08
Earliest Date of Origin: 1861
Latest Date of Origin: 1861
State/Affiliation: Virginia
War Association: 1861-1865 Civil War
Price: No
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