Historic Flags of the Texas State Library and Archives
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Wool and Cotton, 26.5 x 33.5 (29.5 inset)
More Online Exhibits:
Under the Rebel Flag: Life in Texas During the Civil War
Commodore's Flag - Alabama
In a tradition dating back to the British Royal Navy, both Confederate and Union ships flew flags at the masthead to designate the vessel of a fleet commander. This swallow-tail pennant with a single white star is that of a commodore, which is a captain serving as commander of a squadron. Commodores' pennants varied in color, with the most senior officer flying a blue flag, while the second-in-command flew a red flag, and the others white flags with blue stars.
This flag has been described as an "Alabama naval flag" for reasons now lost. More information is needed to test theories such as whether the flag was associated with an officer from Alabama, a ship outfitted at one of the naval yards in Alabama (Mobile, Selma, or Montgomery), captured in a naval battle off the coast of Alabama, or flown aboard the legendary raider CSS Alabama.