Early Confederate flag removed from Vincennes war monument

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A replica of the first national Confederate flag was flown temporarily adjacent to the Civil War monument outside the Knox County Courthouse Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 after a county official, in a show of opposition, took it down Friday. County officials say they weren’t fully aware of what kind of flag it was, but it has been permanently removed. In its place is now an Indiana state flag. (Jenny McNeece/Sun-Commercial via AP)

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A county official says a replica of an early Confederate flag that was displayed near a Civil War monument in southwestern Indiana has been removed.

Knox County Commissioners President Kellie Streeter says the commissioners “weren’t fully aware” that the flag near the monument outside the county courthouse in Vincennes represented the Confederacy.

It was replaced with an Indiana state flag this week.

She says “misunderstandings” about its origins kept it flying among seven different flags the Marine Corps League owns and maintains near the war monument.

The replica resembles the Confederacy’s first official flag, which flew for one year starting in early 1861.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports that the flag features a circle of white stars against a blue background and a white stripe flanked by two red stripes.

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Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com

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(This story was originally published on August 28, 2019)

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