Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
First National Confederate Flag
("Stars and Bars")
The "Stars and Bars," designed by Nicola Marshall of Marion, Alabama, was adopted by the flag selection committee of the Provisional Confederate Congress at Montgomery and raised over the capitol building on March 4, 1861. Its similarity to the U.S. flag was favored by most Southerners who felt sentimental attachment to the "old flag." Additional stars were added as more southern states seceded and joined the Confederacy.
Credit: Mollus USAMHI
Photograph of flag over Fort Sumter, April 15, 1861
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1872.
Location. 32° 22.705′ N, 86° 18.037′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Monroe Street east of North Bainbridge Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery AL 36131, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alabama Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); Second National Confederate Flag (a few steps from this marker); "Battle Flag of the Confederacy" Albert L. Patterson (a few steps from this marker); "Third National Confederate Flag" (a few steps from this marker); "Moon Tree" (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Elm Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Camellia Designated Alabama State Flower (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. There are four of these plaques located in the four corners of the Confederate monument.
Also see . . . Nicola Marschall. Nicola Marschall (1829 – 1917) was a German-American artist who supported the Confederate cause during the American Civil War. He designed the original Confederate flag, the Stars and Bars, as well as the official grey uniform of the Confederate army. (Submitted on October 14, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 4. submitted on October 8, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.