It may be news to some outside of Dixie, but there is a flag that has long been associated with people of
American and British settlers flooded into this area and most of these families were of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry, with the majority being of
the Bonnie Blue Flag
On 11 September, 1810 a troop of West Florida dragoons set out for
The flag was a single white star on a blue field. The flag unfurled in 1810 was made by Melissa Johnson, wife of Major Isaac Johnson, the commander of the West Florida Dragoons. The flag is called by two names commonly, the Bonnie Blue Flag and the Lone Star Flag. It saw use in the 1820s and 1830s as the Scots-Irish pushed into
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
The Lone Star/Bonnie Blue flag has been in constant use from 1810. You will frequently see it today on license plates on cars and trucks and families fly the flag across the US South and beyond. The Bonnie Blue flag today is as popular as ever and still conveys the same spirit as the original lone star flag and it is part of our Ulster Heritage.
Barry R McCain