THE STARS AND BARS

On 4 MAR 1861, the Confederate Congress adopted the "STARS AND BARS" design shown below as the CSA National Flag. This flag would be the official symbol of the Confederacy for two years. The flag would grow from 7 stars to 13 stars as more states were admitted to the Confederacy. On 1 MAY 1863, the "STARS AND BARS" design was scrapped because of its close similarity to the "STARS AND STRIPES" and was replaced with an entirely new flag. However, for true students of Southern History, the "STARS AND BARS" will always remain as "THE NATIONAL FLAG."

StarsEffective Date Last DateDays
7-Stars4 MAR 1861to6 MAY 186164
8-Stars7 MAY 1861to17 MAY 186111
9-Stars18 MAY 1861to26 MAY 18619
10-Stars27 MAY 1861to1 JUL 186136
11-Stars2 JUL 1861to27 NOV 1861149
12-Stars28 NOV 1861to8 DEC 186111
13-Stars9 DEC 1861to30 APR 1863508

7-STARS *** (Rarity Factor is for used covers)

THE ORIGINAL STARS AND BARS ON OVERALL DESIGN

PERIOD COVER UNUSED

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