Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Magnolia On White

Mississippi adopted a state flag in January 26th 1861.

Mississippi seceded from the United States on January 9th 1861. At the time there still wasn't a Confederate States of America, so Mississippi like it’s neighbors stood alone. Following the secession Mississippi began using the flag which had flown over the Republic of Florida in 1810. The flag was blue with a single star, and is known popular as the “Bonnie Blue Flag”.

After several weeks the Mississippi secession convention chose a new flag for the Sovereign Republic Mississippi on January 26th 1861. The flag is known as “The Magnolia Flag”. It has a magnolia tree on a white field with a red fringe on the fly, and the Bonnie Blue included on the canton. Although Mississippi used the Confederate flags through out the war, “The Magnolia Flag” was the official state flag for 33 years until 1894 when the present flag was adopted.

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