The song "Bonnie Blue Flag," written by Harry McCarthy, was the most popular song in the Confederacy after "Dixie." The title came from the flag South Carolina used after its secession in December 1860: a plain blue flag with a single white star in the center. Even after the adoption of the Confederate flag in early 1861, the South Carolina flag remained a potent symbol of secession. The song explains the Southern reasons for leaving the Union without once mentioning slavery. It also celebrates the entrance of subsequent states into the Confederacy.
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