"The C. S. A. Navy Jack"
- First adopted in 1863


This is the CSA's Second Naval Jack. The first Naval Jack was a 1 X 1 1/2 dimensioned ( 3X5, 5X7 6X9 ect. etc.) flag with a blue field and 13 five pointed stars in a circle.

Navy jacks, in the American flags tradition, are copied directly from the British Navy. These are the cantons of the national flags in a rectangular format only. It omits the thin white border around the outside. Thus, when the First National flag was in vogue the First CS Navy Jack was a blue rectangle with up to 13 white stars in a circle on it. Only one of these flags still exists today. CS naval flags were supplied by the different ports they called home - and they were made under contract by private citizens for the vessels.

The Second Navy Jack was adopted when the Second National flag came about. It is true to form for naval jacks for American warships - rectangular configuration of the canton of the national flag.

The jack was a large flag flown only from the bow of the ship and only when the ship was in port or fully dressed in naval parade colors. The ship's battle flag was the national colors flown only from the stern flag staff.

This flag was used mainly by the Confederate Navy from 1863 onward, but also by some ground troops. This flag has become the generally recognized symbol of the South.

Note: It is necessary to disclaim any connection of these flags to neo-nazis, racists, skin-heads and the like. These groups have adopted this flag and desecrated it by their acts. They have no right to use this flag - it is a flag of honor, designed by the confederacy as a banner representing state's rights and still revered by the South. In fact, under attack, it still flies over the South Carolina capitol building and variations of the flag are incorporated into the Georgia and Mississippi state flags.. The South denies any relation to these hate groups and denies them the right to use the flags of the confederacy for any purpose. The crimes committed by these groups under the stolen banner of the confederacy only exacerbate the lies which link the seccesion to slavery interests when, from a Southerner's view, the cause was state's rights.

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