Florida State Flags

Florida State Flag.

On a white field emblazoned with a red X and the state seal, Florida's flag represents the land of sunshine, flowers, palm trees, rivers and lakes. The seal features a brilliant sun, a cabbage palmetto tree, a steamboat sailing and a Native American Seminole woman scattering flowers.




Civil War Flags

After Florida left the Union on January 11, 1861, a number of unofficial flags flew until the General Assembly (Legislature) completed action on February 1 on an act to provide a State uniform and flag. The act directed by the Governor, "by and with the consent with the consent of his staff." to adopt " an appropriate device for a State flag, which shall be distinctive in character ." Six months later, Governor Madison S. Perry had the Secretary of State record the description of the flag adopted in compliance with this act. Governor Perry added, "The flag has been deposited in the Executive Chamber." Whether it ever was raised over the Capitol or elsewhere does not appear from available records.



Col. Chase Flag

After the flag of the United States was hauled Down at the Pensacola Navy Yard on January 12, 1861, Colonel William H. Chase, commanding the Florida troops, prescribed a secession flag to serve until another could be decreed by the lawmakers at Tallahassee. This flag had thirteen stripes; alternate red and white, and a blue field with a single large star in the center. This flag served for eight months, from January 13, 1861 to September 13, 1861. Interestingly, Colonel Chase's lone star flag was the same design as the flag used by the Republic of Texas navy in 1836 - 1845.



Florida Secession Flag - 1861

"The ladies of Broward's Neck," a community in Duval County, presented Governor Madison S. Perry with a flag of their design symbolizing Florida's withdrawal from the Union. The flag, never officially adopted, thus was proffered as a emblem of Florida as a sovereign nation. Governor- elect John Milton presented the flag to the Florida Secession Convention at Tallahassee in 1861 after signing of the Ordinance of Secession. The stars represent South Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida, the first three states to leave the Union. Mrs. G.E. Ginder, great- niece of one of the ladies of Broward's Neck, in an interview in the Florida Times-Union in 1961, said the flag was displayed on the rostrum of the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Tallahassee during the Civil War. After wards, it was displayed at the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Virginia, until it was returned to Florida in 1961 and deposited in the State Archives.



The Florida Rebel Flag


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