Confederate 2nd National Flag
2nd C.S.A. National Flag is also known as "the Stainless Banner". The
nickname "stainless" referred to the pure white field. Initial
reaction to the second national flag was favorable but, over time it
became criticized for being "too white". The Columbia Daily South
Carolinian observed that it was essentially a battle flag upon a flag of
might send a mixed message. Military officers voiced complaints about
the flag being too white, for various reasons, including the danger of
being mistaken for a flag of truce, especially on naval ships, and that
it was too easily soiled.
of the first official uses of this flag was to drape the coffin of
General Stonewall Jackson as his body lay in state in the Confederate
House of Representatives. The 2nd National flag was adopted on 1 May,
1863. Gen. Robert E. Lee also adopted this flag as his Army of Virginia Flag in the late-fall of 1863.
flag act of 1864 did
not state what the white symbolized and advocates offered various
interpretations. The Confederate Congress debated whether the white
field should have a blue stripe and whether it should be bordered in
red. William Miles delivered a speech for the simple white design that
was eventually approved. He argued that the battle flag must be used,
but for a national flag it was necessary to emblazon it, but as simply
as possible, with a plain white field.
Polyester. Approximately 12" by 18"
2nd National Confederate Flag, circa May 1863 - March 1865.