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Confederate Flags (U.S.) Part 4

Flags Using the Hardee Pattern

Last modified: 2023-09-02 by rick wyatt
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Introduction: Hardee Pattern Flags

There were six (or more) different basic design styles of Confederate Army Military Flags. As the flex and flow of military necessity effected the organization and reorganization of Confederate forces, so did the designs of their flags. A couple of examples of this would be in the Vicksburg Defense a subgroup of flags came into being that featured white crosses instead of blue, in Missouri and Louisiana a design subgroup with a Christian Cross design became popular. Faced with this we will divide them into groups. Some of these groups will be the Stars and Bars Pattern, the St. Andrews Cross Pattern (Southern Cross with a white flag border), the Army of Tennessee Pattern (Southern Cross without a white flag border), the Van Dorn Pattern, the Hardee Pattern, and the Polk Pattern. The last three are named for the Confederate Commanders who first designed (or had designed) the basic Regimental flag design to be used by the units under their command.
Most of the flags on this page use the Hardee Pattern battle flag that was designed by General Simon Buckner who led a division under General William Hardee. The Hardee pattern battle flag was first issued to units in November of 1861. It has a blue field, with a white border, and a "full moon" within that boarder. Later variants replaced the white full moon circle with a more rectangular shape (with rounded edges).
Pete Loeser, 26 August 2023

Hardee's Corps of Tennessee Regiment Flag 1861

[HardeeĀ“s Corps of Tennessee Regiment Flag] image courtesy of Hugh Warner, United States Flag Service

This modern illustration shows the use of blue field, with its white border, and a full moon shown within that boarder.
Source: Historical Flags of Our Ancestors.
Pete Loeser, 26 August 2023