Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Birthplace of the Confederate Battle Flag

Inscription. During the First Battle of Manassas, amid the smoke of combat, troops found it difficult to distinguish between Union and Confederate flags. Generals P.G.T. Beauregard, Joseph E. Johnston and Quartermaster General William L. Cabell met near here in September 1861 and approved the first Confederate battle flag; a square red flag with blue diagonally crossed bars, and 12 stars. This pattern was adapted for use in other battle flags and was incorporated into the Confederate national flag in 1863. Beauregard's headquarters also hosted the 1 Oct. 1861 Fairfax Court House conference, during which Confederate President Davis and his generals plotted strategy. Erected 2007 by Department of Historical Resources. (Marker Number B 261.) Location. 38° 51′ 0.32″ N, 77° 19′ 2.13″ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (County Road 236) and Oak Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.

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