Monday, September 26, 2011

A North Carolinian Designed the Confederacy's First National Flag?-- Part 1

From the May-June Confederate Veteran Magazine. "Confederate Images: Major Oren Randolph Smith" by C.E. Avery.

It depends upon what source you believe.

Not much is known about Major Oreen Randolph's life except that he very likely was the designer of the First National Flag of the Confederacy. It is known that he was born in Warren County, NC, on December 18, 1827.

When the Confederate States of America was formed, a committee was formed which requested submissions for the new flag. The design chosen by the committee was claimed by two men, Smith and a Prussian artist living in Montgomery, Alabama.

The controversy over the designer remained for years after the war until the United Confederate veterans themselves accepted Smith's claim.

The flag, referred to as the Stars and Bars, first flew over Smith's hometown of Louisburg, NC, in March 1861, before the state's secession.

More to Come. --Old B-Runner

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