Flags of the United States
Copyright 2012 by Alton Pryor
5360 Campcreek Loop
Roseville, CA. 95747
Alabama became a state in 1819, seceded from the Union in 1861, and then adopted a flag of its own in 1861 at the Secession Convention.
The flag was designed by a group of Montgomery women, and it became Alabama’s first official flag. Because Alabama had left the union, the flag was often referred to as the "Republic of Alabama flag."
The flag did not fly long, for after it was adopted, it was damaged in a storm and moved to the Governor’s office, never to fly again.
Alabama finally decided on a new flag design in 1891. Four years later, on February 16, 1895, seventy six years after being admitted to the Union the Alabama Legislature authorized the "crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white" as its official flag in the Acts of Alabama.
The flag authorized by the state’s legislature has a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.