Confederacy Admits Missouri

Thursday, November 28, 1861

A 13-star Confederate Battle flag. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Confederate States of America claims Missouri as a state, although Missouri officially remains a part of the Union. This action reflects the schism that occurred earlier in the year when Missouri Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson and other Confederate sympathizers maintained an alternate, secessionist state government, in opposition to the provisional Unionist government. While the Confederacy consists of just 11 states, Confederate flags display 13 stars to reflect their claim to the border states of Missouri and Kentucky. 


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