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                   The First National flag:   The Confederate battle flag: The Second National flag:    The third National flag:  

The first National flag of the Confederacy; the Stars and Bars banner:
The first official national flag for the Confederate States of America which was used by the Confederacy from 1861 to 1863, this came to be designed by an artist who was originally of Austrian decent who had recently immigrated from Europe to the United States before the Civil War had begun, William Thompson. The creation of the banner was quite simple really, he took his Austrian decent and the 13 stars of the original Revolutionary War banner that the American colonists had used to fight against the British Empire to preserve their newly found American independence and mixed the two designs together.

The Confederate Battle flag:
The Confederate battle flag was created some time after the first national flag of the Confederate States of America was deemed official by the Confederate government in 1861. It was mainly used as a military banner to rally troops into battle on the Confederate side of the Civil War and was later proposed to be entered into the second and third national flags of the Confederacy to better acknowledge that the Confederate States of America was a militarized nation.

The Second National flag of the Confederacy; the Stainless banner:
The second official national flag for the Confederate States of America was proposed to the Confederate government to be appointed to as a new banner design because the original banner would sometimes be confused with the flag of the Union States of America on the opposing side of the battlefield in the Civil War in from 1863 to 1864. This new banner was accepted into the government and rallied into battle.

The Third National flag of the Confederacy; the Blood Stained banner:
The third official national flag of the Confederate States of America was proposed by generals of the Confederate army in 1865 to replace the previous national flag of the Confederacy which was often confused with the flag of surrender a few months before the Confederate States of America surrendered to the Unions advance into the southern states of America.


The message found within the three national flags and the battle flag of the Confederacy:

The red field of all four of these combined designs of the Confederate flag represent the Blood of Christ.
The white border represents the protection of God.
The blue "X" in all three of the other flags represents the Christian cross of Saint Andrew, the first Disciple of Jesus Christ and Patron Saint of Scotland.
The 13 stars in these four flags represent the 13 southern states of secession in the United States during the American Civil War.
Thus, the message of the three national flags of the Confederate States of America and the Confederate battle flag is:
"Through the Blood of Christ, with the protection of God, We, the Thirteen States, are united in our Christian fight for liberty."


Please note, I did not list the naval jack of the Confederate navy because the Confederate battle flag represented the Confederate military.
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LoganVI Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
As nice as your story is, it is completely contradicted by statements made the actual designer. It uses the diagonal cross because he wanted to avoid religious meaning, originally it was going to use St. George's cross. According to the designer. Those are also the colours he associated with democracy. According to the designer. Probably worth mentioning that red, white and blue were also the colours of the country they were seceding from and that they revolted against 100 years ago. So as nice as your story is, it is much like the "Teddy Bear's Picnic", infantile and detached from reality.
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NBanuchi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Unfortunately, I have found about three websites (I cite below the site that offers supporting resources) that refute the claims on it's symbolism made by OddGarfield.

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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Student
Despite what some historians opinion may be, there is without a doubt no denying that the Southern Cross is a clear copied redesign of the Christian Saint Andrews Cross from the British Isles.
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LoganVI Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Actually we do not need historians to cast doubt on your opinion, we have a letter from the guy that made the flag that flat out contradicts you.
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csldjgh09 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
I appreciate your information on the history of the confederacy, but could your please cite/give the name of your historical source for the Christian meaning/message of the confederate flags.  Several people have asked me what the historical source is????  Would greatly appreciate the info - thanks!
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Student
This is a Web journal which as I know isn't the best of presentation but it contains the history of the Southern Cross and the colors presented in all of the Confederate flag(s) of the former CSA: shoebat.com/2015/07/11/jesus-c…
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BillGermelman Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
OK, the quote listed as some kind of explanation of the battle flags symbolism.....someone PLEASE show me where that is listed as anything remotely associated with the actual government of the CSA?  As in committee meeting minutes from the: Committee on the Flag and Seal of the CSA?  Please? Otherwise I am still inclined to believe this quote is nothing more than a Post-CSA embellishment.

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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ahh, I finally know what the details on the flag represent.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student
Yup,  one of America's most miss understood set of banners.
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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah.
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AquaMarina459 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Okay, so please don't be offended by this because I'm not trying to be rude or judgemental or anything. I started reading this because it was submitted to a Christian group I'm a part of. I also read some of the conversations in the comments, and I was wondering, do they teach it like this in school in the Southern states? I live i the Northern US, so I was wondering if maybe the history books have different facts. Again, not trying to be judgmental or anything towards you, I'm just curious :)
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student
I would figure that all of the states would teach the same history to be honest.
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JackofAllAss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
History books in the North are actually diluted to delude.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student
I kind of assume that,  I don't want to go up into Yankee territory,  I may loose weight by the Federalist grip that they hold on peoples soul.  xD
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JackofAllAss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
They only hold grip on those who allow it.
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:iconoddgarfield:
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student
That's true,  like the gullible libtards (Liberal + retard) who think that they need everything wireless when in reality, its a open door for hackers to get control of your belongings.
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JackofAllAss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
I appreciate your zeal and reverence for freedom.
I'm every bit as upset by the liberals as you are (believe me), but we should refrain from name-calling as much as possible, if we want to be taken seriously.
Do you know what I mean?  Name-calling will only serve to make us look immature and at our wit's end.
I want to bring the good America back, for real.  I know you do, too.  For that reason, we must represent our cause in a manner that earns respect and trust.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student
Alright,  I adopted the "libtard" name from a friend anyways.  We must seem professional.
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saiyantrash666 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student General Artist
 Ooookay. I'm a Christian, an African American, and from the South. And I can't say I'm cool with the Confederate flag personally, but you just keep being you. I ain't gonna judge.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student
I just figured I would explain the message behind the flags, I didn't really expect this much hatred from some of the people who have read this.
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saiyantrash666 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm not hating! DX I was just stating my opinion, and I don't wanna judge you or nothing! Sorry if I came off as rude or judgemental!
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student
I didn't mean you were hating, I was referring to the others. Sweating a little...  Sorry for the confusion.
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saiyantrash666 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student General Artist
It's cool. 0-0 And I can understand why others disagree since just from my views, it just is a reminder of slavery. Even if it didn't exactly represent slavery, it's just a cruel reminder to some people. Kind of like the Swastika for German people and even people of other nationalities. Sorry for the terrible analogy, I'm just saying, I can see where everyone's coming from.
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AmuroSheprard Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Actually the meanings of the flags that he listed aren't correct. Well at least for the stainless Banner William T. Thompson said the meaning of the flag was "As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause." and "As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism." Now the confederate battle flag was designed by william porcher miles he was one of the more radicals in the the confederacy he even advocated for the south allow the international slave trade. So these flags are a symbol of slavery.
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saiyantrash666 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I know... I was at least trying to not start a huge fuss over it. I personally agree with you, but I just don't want to start an uproar or conflict.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student
No, its fine, I totally understand that people have many different views on many different times in history including the American Civil War and the slavery that took place before and during the war, I just never expected such sudden hostility towards me and my work because they saw racism affiliated with it.
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saiyantrash666 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, just I say avoid touchy topics like this. Racism, being a homophobe, and sometimes a "Bible Thumper" can get you in some huge drama and have a bunch of people come after you. Just a little tip ^^
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student
It never hurts to stand up for what you believe in, even if it is from a hard time in history.
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Please seek the Lord in prayer, and ask Him to open your eyes.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student
Wow,  why is it so hard for you guys to understand this...
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You seem to be angry, and honestly, your response to criticism is not Christ like.  You seem to disregard the facts to promote your own agenda.  I don't mean to be rude, but if you don't wish to be grouped with racists and hateful people, I suggest that you amend your statements, and apologise to those whom you have attacked.  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 "Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil."
It isn't my intention to be superior or holier-than-thou, but Galatians 6:1 says, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."  I believe many of these commenters have tried to restore you in the spirit of meekness, but you did not return that spirit.  Please pray.  Prayer makes all the difference.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Student
I will take your concern into my own actions and take the biblical verses as messages of hope for my cause. Yes, I may be surrounded by a crowed that deems me to be in a community of racists because of the image that has been wrongfully placed upon a national image, but that is my choice. I do get angry sometimes and regret it most of the time afterwards, I will try harder to not show my anger towards those who may disagree with my point of view or even show hostility towards me first.

May God bless you and I thank you for wishing the same blessing towards me.  :)
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry, but simply regretting your anger doesn't solve anything.  You must sincerely make amends.  Christians are not allowed to retaliate, and definitely not instigate; Matthew 5:38-48.  I'm very glad that you have realised that.

May God lead you in His goodness.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student
I'll try to fix my wrong doings for the sake of my faith.
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  I'm so glad to hear that!  I really believe God has used this situation for the good of both of us.  May God bless you for your sincerity.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student
Thank you, may God bless you as well.  :)
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015  Student
To all of the people that I have blocked, you were blocked because of your damned trolling of my Christian Confederate inspiration that I put into my work here on Deviantart, I blocked you because I was sick of herring you whine about pointless bull crap that was not historically true.

Slavery was part of the American south before and during the Civil War and was the leading economy for those southern states because of the agricultural background of the warm climate. Slavery was not the leading cause of the Civil War, federal governmental oppression was because the federal government at the time was taxing the state governments of all of the states during the times before our Civil War to help pay for international governmental programs set up in nations allied to the United States like the French Empire, the western expansion of British Canada and some of the other British colonies around the Atlantic Ocean like the South African colony. By the federal government doing this, some of the state governments became furious because the money that they were using for state projects was being used in other countries by the US. federal government. That in all caused the American Civil War, not slavery.

Frankly, most of the racism affiliated with the Confederate flag came from the Klum Klux Klan and not the battles that took place during the Civil War which therefor is a slap to the face to all Confederate soldiers who fought and died under that banner while fighting for their own personal freedoms as Americans rather if it was to rebuild the American Republic to be free from Democracy, or to defend their own heart lands from foreign invaders from the north, the soldiers who fought in the Confederacy deserve the respect that all other American veterans have gotten because they to were fighting for their own American freedoms.
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AmuroSheprard Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2015
Yeah the racism also came when the states in the south were protesting integration, equal rights, and the civil rights act. It also came from all the pro slavery and white supremacist views that white people in the south held dear and near to their hearts when they left the union over slavery.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student
You just posted the Confederate States Constitution and compared it to the Civil Rights Act of one of the three that were proposed to the United States Government after the Civil War which were in 1866, 1964 and 1968 ... None of your bull crap claims are accurate to the secession of South Carolina or the formation of the Confederacy soon after that and frankly, Slavery was views differently then it is today so I cannot speak on how racism and because looking past the racist claims of the individual politicians that took their stand in both the Confederacy and the United States at the time of the Civil War and the reconstruction era because there are only so many documents to find which makes it pretty simple to understand, yet you and many others still look past the fact that the United States federal government had placed tariff taxes on the Southern states governments in the many years before the Civil War had even begun where slavery was used under the United States. Heck, even during the Civil War, the Union still viewed slavery as lawful in the states of Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia but I bet you didn't know that...  come on, lets get a good ol' historical debate going, I want to see what you think you know.
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Kamackazi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Gibberish , nonsense , and garbage.
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gumballdudley Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
you are right about everything you said about these awesome flags now a days idiots today are brainwashed in think it was about something that had nothing to do with anything.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student
Sadly so.
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feliciadaily42 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015
I'm a Christian and a Southerner and I don't support these flags or the racism and slavery they represent.


(added later - Thanks for the thumbs up, ebturner.  I'd reply to you directly, but this guy blocked me for showing him primary source documents that refuted his claims)
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ebturner Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thumbs up.
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thumbs down - I don't agree with the hate-mob twit at all, besides felicia-whatever is just some sockpuppet troll of someone else. No artwork at all, because trolling is the only reason the account exists.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2015  Student
Then you do not know your own nations history and are referring the Klum Klux Klan and their racist actions which were wrongfully rallied under the flags of the Confederacy. Oh, and I guess you didn't know that the Klum Klux Klan also rallied under the Universal Christian flag also for their own racial miss-use. I guess all Christians are racist now to, huh?
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feliciadaily42 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
I'm a Christian and a Southerner and I don't support these flags or the racism and slavery they represent.  This isn't tough.

This quote needs to be posted again:

"As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.… Such a flag…would soon take rank among the proudest ensigns of the nations, and be hailed by the civilized world as the white mans flag.As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism. Another merit in the new flag is, that it bears no resemblance to the now infamous banner of the Yankee vandals."
- William Tappan Thompson, designer of the Confederacy's second national flag you're celebrating above.

That guy was proud that he designed a racist symbol and now you're helping him spread his message.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Student
That guy was a racist indeed, but that does not represent every single Confederate supporting man and women who knows their history instead of referring to one political figure.

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feliciadaily42 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Again - the guy you just called a racist was the head of the Confederacy before Jefferson and he literally designed one of the flags that you posted.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_…

He's clear that his symbol is about white supremacy.

Why are you claiming it's instead about Christianity?
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