I am sure there are 100's of posts like this, but pls. humor me guys.. Bought this flag 10-15 yrs ago. Came with an auction manual from 1950's from Shore Galleries in Illinois where the flag is listed just as "confederate flag". Stillhas a shore Galleries tag on the flag.. Additional documentation was a newspaper article explaining the sale of a large collection of civil war relics from a storage locker that had been in a families rental since the 1920's. The article is titled" collection of Civil War artifacts to be Sold for Storage Charges". The collection ,the article states, was from a Union General(decendant of the family who had died, leaving no relatives to claim the locker)who arrived in Chicago in 1885.The article has 4 photos with everything from small cannon,drums a wall full of civil war firearms and the final picture is, the caption states, of the editor of a magazine called Gun Journal standing in a room of artifacts wearing a Union Generals Jacket with this flag in the background and the flag is mentioned in the caption where it states "Confederate Flag in background discontinued in 1864 because it's resemblance to white surrender" The flag measures 74"x61" and the stars are hand stitched. Has what appears to be canvas pocket on end which I take was for a pole? Can anyone here help me figure out if this was a real 1860's flag or just a reenactment flag?? With this documentation would be surprised if it was a new flag..