At Once Distinct and Simple

Flag of the Sovereign State of South Carolina, 1861.

 Our Flag.

On Saturday last both Houses of the General Assembly finally concurred in the design of the flag which is hereafter to represent the Sovereign State of South Carolina. The field is dark blue. Upon the upper inner corner of the flag is the crescent, in white, the horns pointing upward. In the middle of the flag is an oval, in white, emblazoned with a golden palmetto, upright. The cut we present will give an idea of the proportions of the new ensign.

— Charleston Mercury, 28 January 1861, p. 1, c. 2.

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The Flag of South Carolina [illustration]

We present this morning a carefully prepared cut of the flag of our State.  The field is dark blue, with the palmetto tree upright in the middle.  Upon the upper inner corner of the flag is a crescent in white, the horns pointing upward.  The design is at once distinct and simple.

— Charleston Mercury, 2 February 1861, p. 1, c. 2.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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