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The second national flag of the Confederate States of America. Adopted in early 1863 by the Confederate Congress, it replaced the Stars and Bars as the official national flag, and remained so to the end of the Civil War.

Technically, the Stainless Banner featured a blue saltire cross with 13 stars on a red canton, all on a white field. (In layman's terms, it was a white flag with the Southern Cross battle flag at the upper left corner.)

For some reason, the Stainless Banner has never been popular with historical preservation groups; most prefer the Southern Cross or Stars and Bars. I personally like it, and was quite disappointed to find that miniature versions of this flag were sold out at the Fort Sumter gift shop when I visited Charleston in March.

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