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Complete Explanation:
The second of a pair of patriotic prints after paintings by William Bauly, issued by New York art publisher William Schaus in September 1861 (both were deposited for copyright on the sixth of that month). "Fate of the Rebel Flag" resembles its companion piece, "Our Heaven Born Banner" (no. 1861-20), in format, coloring, and its militantly Unionist theme.

In a spectacular nocturnal scene, a large warship sinks and burns on a calm sea littered with debris. The flames take on the configuration of the red, white, and blue flag of the Confederacy, the blue field with seven stars being formed by the night sky showing through the flames. Lightning strikes the flag from the upper left.

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