The Proper Display of the Confederate Battle Flag

Tomorrow Dixie Outfitters will offer their new line of t-shirts honoring the Southern Heritage Preservation Group. One in particular caught my eye:

cbf tshirt shpgThat’s right … that’s the proper display of the Confederate Battle Flag, right?

Then again, I guess so is this …

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And there you have it, folks … honor Confederate heritage just as the gift that keeps on giving would have you do it. Pay as much respect to the Confederate Battle Flag as they do right here.


21 thoughts on “The Proper Display of the Confederate Battle Flag

  1. Eric A. Jacobson August 6, 2013 / 11:54 am

    It’s just ridiculous, and historically annoying. I can think of many instances where an otherwise brave soldier was running AWAY from enemy fire – Confederates were no exception. But such is an inconvenient truth for too many. It’s easier to live in Fairy Tale Land and embrace some yahoo in a goofy outfit. R. E. Lee and Jeff Davis would likely vomit if they ever saw this photo.

  2. Corey Meyer August 6, 2013 / 11:55 am

    The shirt is correct, those colors don’t run and never will…but they do Surrender.

  3. Jimmy Dick August 6, 2013 / 1:05 pm

    I take it they’re ignoring the tremendous amount of deserters or maybe the fact that they had to involuntarily conscript soliders in 1862 plus tell all the ones from 1861 they were involuntarily reenlisted for the duration it took to futilely try to prevent the North from defeating them in battle all the while causing their states to be devastated as the carnage of war continued?

    Oh, that’s right. I completely forgot how these folks practice selective memory and ignore the facts that challenge their version of the past.

  4. John Foskett August 6, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Then, of course, there are inconvenient facts, such as what ultimately happened at Cedar Creek. I doubt any of Early’s boys were wearing that shirt as they departed the vicinity.

  5. Betty Giragosian August 6, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Brooks, I like your article, because it is true. I think the Union also had a draft, didn’t it? What did they call –my memory fails me-the man who did not want to serve and paid another man to take his place? Corey, These colors did surrender, but those brave guys fought to the end. I honor and love the Confederate soldier Don’t like snide remarks about him. Bet you had plenty of deserters on the Union side.
    Those shirts are horrid.

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 6, 2013 / 3:15 pm

      The United States Congress put into place a draft in 1863, although recruiters were using incentives to enlist the previous year (Stanton made the mistake of shutting down recruiting early in 1862). You are thinking of substitutes: a drafted man would pay a commutation fee ($300) or hire a substitute. Indeed, many of these conscripts did not make good soldiers, especially in 1864, as Grant noted (which should play into the assessment of the comparative strengths of each side). So both sides had their deserters and dodgers, no doubt about that.

      Honoring the brave guys who fought to the end is important (as well as those who paid the ultimate price, were wounded, captured, etc.), so long as we recognize the existence of fellows who chose not to do so, sometimes for understandable reasons.

      • M.D. Blough August 6, 2013 / 9:04 pm

        Also, the Confederacy instituted a draft before the US did, with the Confederacy including the precursor of the modern “stop loss” order-unilaterally forcing the extension of a volunteer’s mutually agreed upon term of enlistment. In the Confederacy’s case, it was extended until hostilities ended. They also, in the early part of the war, allowed substitutes. Then there was the infamous exemption for owners/overseers of 20 or more slaves, later reduce to 15.

    • Michael Confoy August 6, 2013 / 8:38 pm

      Many people fled the south to avoid conscription in the confederate army. Are there any examples of going in the opposite direction?

  6. cc2001 August 6, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Dr.Simpson, are you mocking my hottie?! Think how much time it took to fold that Lone Ranger mask just so to make the stars look like eyes. I don’t think General Lee could have done it any better.

    • Michael Confoy August 6, 2013 / 8:39 pm

      That is perfect. I was going to suggest a picture of someone doing to the confederate flag what Patton did in the Rhine. I would myself if I wasn’t to cheap to buy a confederate flag.

  7. guitarmandanga August 15, 2013 / 8:00 am

    “These Colors Don’t Run…Except on November 25, 1863.”

  8. Flamethrower August 15, 2013 / 9:03 am

    I don’t think “These Colors” the way they’re matted on the design is good pinpointing. It’s good imitating a bullzeye target-like invitation to shoot them in the center of their chests.

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 15, 2013 / 9:17 am

      Let’s not engage in violent fantasies… that would sound too much like some of the very folks who embrace this ideology.

      • Flamethrower August 15, 2013 / 11:59 am

        I see the whole statemental context as nothing else but a honest criticism. The second statement rebuts the “Don’t Run”. Was just looked at from an only humor perspective all things considered but some @!#&* could lift it out of context and try to prove we are violent intended.

  9. Austin August 15, 2013 / 11:33 am

    Really? Really? You think two can’t play at this cheap game? The first link is to a photo of a guy defecating on the U.S. flag. The second is of a roll of U.S. Flag toilet paper. The third, U.S. Flag bikini bathing suit, and the fourth link a simple U.S. Flag burning photo.

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 15, 2013 / 3:27 pm

      And yet the person in the picture under question says he honors Confederate heritage and the display of the Confederate flag. That’s the point. But I’m interested that you seem to know where to find such images of the United States flag.

  10. Austin August 15, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    Except the thread almost immediately degenerated into a series of mindless cheap shots, and an implicit threat of violence. That’s the real point.

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 15, 2013 / 5:46 pm

      So you say. But I’m interested to see that you have no objection to the use to which the flag was put in the original photograph. Otherwise you would have said something. So much for honoring Confederate heritage.

      Frankly, I can’t abide that sort of behavior. The men who wore the gray deserve better than that. I won’t let you demean their sacrifice any longer. Best of luck in your future trolling.

  11. Kurt Morrison December 20, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Actually…….the t-shirts shown are incorrectly displaying the confederate battle flag. The clue is in the stars. There is officially only one instance where two points up stars are not upside down and this is not it. So get those stars turned with one point up if you want to be truly correct. Who can state the one exception to the single point up star display?

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