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Although most closely identified with the [Confederate Battle Flag], this can also refer to [The Bonnie Blue Flag] or any of several other [Confederate] flags: the [Stars and Bars] (the first official flag) or two later variants.
The [Stars and Bars] was too like the [Union] flag, which led to battlefield confusion. In  the [Confederacy] adopted a new official flag, the "Stainless Banner", essentially the Battle Flag as the [canton]¹ on a white field. Majorly dumb idea - the flag was too easily mistaken for a [white flag] of [surrender]. By  a red bar was added to the [fly] end of the flag to prevent this error - this flag was flown by [Robert E. Lee]'s [Army of Northern Virginia] in the last days before [Appomattox].
I hate to [dispute] you folks who live in [The South] ... but ... the [Stars and Bars] is not the same as the [Confederate Battle Flag] as implied above. See the descriptions of the [Stars and Bars] and the [Confederate Battle Flag].
Note: I will gladly stand corrected if need be ...1. Webby explains this badly. The top left corner (sometimes top half but left third) of the flag. The blue square where the stars are on the [American flag].