The Kurz and Allison series of battle prints remain a favorite with many people, including dust jacket designers. The soldiers are usually neat, the uniforms crisp, and the battlelines long and straight. Some terrain details are off, and a few of the representations leave something to be desired when it comes to historical accuracy (Stonewall Jackson’s shot in broad daylight, for example). The horrors of war are minimized, as dead and wounded bodies are neatly intact, and there’s a minimum of carnage.
And then you come across this:
Sometimes, when we talk about the cult of reconciliation, we might remember that not everyone bought into it.
I’m sure you never expected to read that statement. But it’s true. It’s been true several times.
Back when the Flaggers announced their plan to erect their really big flag along I-95, what did I say?
Show that Confederate pride as only you can. And please surround the flagpole with video cameras that will show us “threats” to the flag suitable for You Tube posting.
I believe they are doing just that.
Now we have a report on what the flag will look like.
I recall saying that at least flying what some call “the soldiers’ flag” — the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia — would at least strengthen the argument that this was about heritage, because it’s the Confederate navy jack that is most often associated with opposition to civil rights for African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s.
Looks like they followed my advice again. Maybe I should declare victory. 🙂