- The 1861 State Flag of Florida
- After Florida left the Union on January 11, 1861, a number of unofficial flags flew until the General Assembly (Legislature) completed action on February 1 on an act to provide a State uniform and flag. The act directed the Governor, "by and with the consent of his staff," to adopt "an appropriate device for a State flag, which shall be distinctive in character." Six months later, Governor Madison S. Perry had the Secretary of State record the description of the flag adopted in compliance with this act. Governor Perry added, "The flag has been deposited in the Executive Chamber." Whether it ever was raised over the Capitol or elsewhere is not known.
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