The Bonnie Blue Flag
An unofficial but well loved flag of the Confederacy. Also heavily involved in the forming years of the Republic of Texas and Mississippi secession. It was said that the states that left the Union \"took their Star with them\" off the US flag.
The Bonnie Blue Flag was an unofficial banner of the Confederate States of America at the start of the American Civil War in 1861. It now often serves as a representative banner of the southeastern United States in general.
In the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell and the film Gone with the Wind (1939), Rhett Butler names his newborn daughter "Bonnie Blue Butler" after Melanie Wilkes remarks that her eyes will be "as blue as the bonnie blue flag.
What is the Bonnie Blue Flag?
The Bonnie Blue Flag is a flag consisting of a single, five-pointed white star on a blue field. It was first used in 1810 to represent the Republic of West Florida, a short-lived republic of English-speaking inhabitants in parts of Louisiana east of the Mississippi River who rebelled against the reign of the Spanish government and overthrew Spain's district governor, Carlos de Hault de Lassus, at Baton Rouge.
The flag was later adopted by the Republic of Texas in 1836, and it was also used unofficially by some Confederate States of America (CSA) forces during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The Bonnie Blue Flag became a symbol of secession and independence for many Southerners, and it was often flown at rallies and protests during the Civil War.
The song "The Bonnie Blue Flag" was written in 1861 by Harry McCarthy, and it quickly became a popular anthem among Confederate soldiers. The song tells the story of the flag and its symbolism, and it became a rallying cry for the Confederacy.
The Bonnie Blue Flag is no longer officially flown by any government or organization, but it remains a symbol of Southern heritage and independence for some people. The flag is often seen at Confederate reenactments and other events, and it is sometimes flown by white supremacist groups.
Here are some additional facts about the Bonnie Blue Flag:
- The flag's name is thought to come from the Scottish folk song "Bonnie Blue Flag", which was popular in the early 19th century.
- The flag's blue field is sometimes said to represent the sky, the white star to represent liberty, and the single star to represent the unity of the Southern states.
- The Bonnie Blue Flag was never officially adopted by the CSA, but it was used by some Confederate forces during the Civil War.
- The song "The Bonnie Blue Flag" was banned by Union forces during the Civil War, but it remained popular among Confederate soldiers.
- The Bonnie Blue Flag is no longer officially flown by any government or organization, but it remains a symbol of Southern heritage and independence for some people.