The Conquered Banner
Original Author: Clinkenbeard; copyright by C. V. Loy
Created: ca. 1913
Medium: Photographic print
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

The Conquered Banner

An elderly Confederate veteran, holding a U.S. Army canteen and cinched with a Union army belt, sits before the Confederate battle flag in an image made around 1913 that was entitled The Conquered Banner. Pinned to the veteran's chest is a miniature U.S. flag intertwined with the final Confederate national flag, the so-called Blood Stained Banner. Images such as this one helped to foster reconciliation between North and South, while extolling the Lost Cause viewpoint of the tragic yet heroic Confederate soldier.