Alabama state flag was adopted on Feb. 16, 1895 by act no. 383. The state flag was to be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white. The bars forming the cross were not to be less than 6 inches broad and must extend diagonally across the flag from side to side. While both the modern Alabama and Florida state flags may have some historical tribute to Spanish rule in their design – both were definitely patterned after the battle flags of the Army of Northern Virginia – under which the bulk of the troops from both states fought. Both of these flags have documentation stating the influence of the ANV battle flags in their design – particularly the flag of Alabama – which was created under the administration of Governor William Oates. Oates was a former regimental commander in the ANV. He is most famous for leading the confederate assault on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.