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Foundering

At the top of the mast of the failing ship in this painting is an inverted flag of the Confederate States (two red and one white stripe, with a blue square and star for each of the Confederate states), the unofficial national flag of the Confederacy from 1861. Working in 1863, one of the most devastating years of the war, the artist James Hamilton appears to have predicted the impending failure of the secessionist effort.


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