Spirit of the South
Original Author: Bruce Photo Studio, Jackson, Tennessee
Created: ca. 1898–1905
Medium: Mounted gelatin print
Publisher: The Museum of the Confederacy

Spirit of the South

An angelic figure looks up to heaven as she holds the First National Flag, used by the Confederacy from March 1861 until May 1863. This iteration of the Confederate flag, known as the Stars and Bars, contains eleven stars, one for each Confederate state at the time. With its merging of Christian piety and the Confederate cause, this postwar photograph, titled Spirit of the South, presents an idealized vision of the Old South.