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This Day in Georgia History

March 04, 1861

“Stars and Bars” Approved

In Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president of the United States. That morning, the new Confederate Congress was busy at work at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. The Confederate Congress had an pressing goal – to authorize a new national flag for the Confederacy and have it flying prior to Lincoln’s inauguration. So urgent was this goal that although a congressional committee approved a national flag – which became known as the “Stars and Bars” – the Confederate Congress overlooked actually enacting a flag statute. Despite this oversight, the new flag was considered the official national flag of the Confederate States of America.

“Stars and Bars” Approved View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government