Long lasting nylon flag with dyed star fields and sewn stripes. This flag, with its unusual 13 star arrangement, was adopted by General Lee for use at his headquarters.
This flag was used to mark the General's headquarters at any given time. Obviously the unusual star pattern would readily identify the headquarters as those of General Lee. It is said that Mrs. Lee used that pattern to represent the biblical Ark of the Covenant. When this flag was retired in favor of the new national flag, the General lost that distinctive flag to mark his headquarters. The new flag was one issued by the Richmond Clothing Depot, and looked just like those issued to others in the Army of Northern Virginia for use both as headquarters flags and as regimental colors.