The first recorded use of the lone star flag dates to 1810.
On September 11, 1810 a troop of West Florida dragoons set out for the
provincial capitol at Baton Rouge under this flag. They were joined by
other republican forces and captured Baton Rouge, imprisoned the
Governor and on September 23, 1810 raised their Bonnie Blue flag over
the Fort of Baton Rouge. Three days later the president of the West
Florida Convention, signed a Declaration of Independence and the flag
became the emblem of a new republic. By December 10, the flag of the
United States replaced the Bonnie Blue after President Madison issued a
proclamation declaring West Florida under the jurisdiction of the
Governor of the Louisiana Territory. With this rebellion in mind, this
flag was used by the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1839. On January 9,
1861 the convention of the People of Mississippi adopted an Ordinance of
Secession. With this announcement the Bonnie Blue flag was raised over
the capitol building in Jackson. Harry Macarthy was so inspired that he
wrote a song entitled "The Bonnie Blue Flag" which became the
second most popular patriotic song of the Confederacy. The Confederate
government did not adopt this flag but the people did and the lone star
flags were adopted in some form in five of the southern States that
adopted new flags in 1861.
THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG
We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
Fighting for our liberty with treasured blood and toil;
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far...
"Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a single star!"
CHORUS: Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!
As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and like brethren, both kind were we and just;
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand,
Then came Alabama, who took her by the hand.
Next quickly Mississippi, Georgia and Florida,
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Ye men of valour, gather round The Banner of the Right!
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight.
Davis, our loved president, and Stephens statesman rare
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
And here's to brave Virginia! The Old Dominion State,
With the young Confederacy, at length has linked her fate
Impelled by her example, now other states prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Then cheer boys!, Cheer now! Raise the joyous shout!
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out
And let another rousing cheer For Tennessee be given,
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven.
And to Kansas and Missouri we extend both heart and hand
And welcome them as brothers to our Confederate band
Tho surrounded by oppression no one dare deter
Their adding to our Bonnie Blue Flag the twelfth and thirteenth star!
Then here's to our Confederacy, Strong we are and brave
Like patriots of olde we'll fight our Heritage to save
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a single star!