This flag was easily mistaken for a white flag of surrender especially when the air was calm and the flag hung limply.The flag now had 13 stars having been joined officially by four more states,Virginia (April 17, 1861),Arkansas (May 6, 1861),Tennessee (May 7, 1861),North Carolina (May 21, 1861).
It was carried by Confederate troops in the field which were thevast majority of forces under the confederacy.
The Stars represented the 11 states actually in the Confederacy plus Kentucky andMissouri.
Confederate Flag Removed From South Carolina …
The seven starsrepresent the original Confederate States; South Carolina (December 20, 1860),Mississippi(January 9, 1861),Florida (January 10,1861),Alabama (January 11, 1861),Georgia (January 19, 1861),Louisiana (January 26, 1861),and Texas (February 1, 1861).