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Michael Miner made a common mistake when he referred to the Confederate flag that makes up part, or most, of a number of southern states' flags [Hot Type, December 13]. That flag is the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (Robert E. Lee's outfit). The "Stars and Bars" consists of a blue canton, like the current U.S. flag, with a circle of white stars in it, like some of those flown during the American Revolution. The "bars" portion makes up the rest of the flag, and consists of three equally sized horizontal stripes--red, white, red. The Stars and Bars was the first official national flag of the Confederacy.

Thought you'd like to know.

JB

Rogers Park

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