The Blood Stained Banner was the last official flag of the Confederate States of America and one of the more easily recognizable Dixie flags. It was formally adopted on March 4, 1865 with one unique modification to its predecessor. The Blood Stained Banner contains one rectangular blood red stripe at the end.
How the Blood Stained Banner came to be
The red stripe modification was put forth by Major Arthur L. Rogers who argued that during the mist of battle the Second National Flag looked too much like a white flag of surrender. He took this argument to the Confederate Senate where he proposed that not only will the redesign cause less confusion on the battlefield, but that the less “Yankee Blue” the flag had the better. This of course in reference to the blue on the United States flag and blue uniforms Union soldiers wore.
The Flag Act of 1865 officially adopted the Third National flag. Unfortunately the law passed near the very end of the war and very few flags were made and put on the field. While very few Confederate soldiers ever saw the flag it’s now almost universally distinguished in Dixie.
The Blood Stained Banner features many prominent attributes. The upper left corner bears the Battle Flag of The Army of North Virginia. The Army of North Virginia of course was commanded by the great General Robert E. Lee. It was known across Dixie and the North for decimating Yankee forces even against great odds, outnumbered and out supplied. It was of course to inspire Rebel troops and instill fear into Union forces. The white field was meant to symbolize the purity of their cause. Which of course was a small federal government.
Where you can find one today
While not as common as the Confederate Battle flag the Third national flag can be found all across Dixie. Civil War reenactors use it extensively, and it can even be found in small town government and community buildings. We have the third Confederate Flag for sale here: http://www.buyconfederateflag.org/product/blood-stained-banner/