I know that some people believe it is very important to highlight misuses of the Confederate battle flag, or, as we’re so often told, “the soldiers’ flag.”
In the words of another blogger, I couldn’t agree more, and nothing could please me more than to highlight two recent examples.
First, take a look at this representation of wartime Richmond, Virginia:
OMG. The Confederate battle flag did not fly above the state house. Rather, it would have been one of the national flags. Wow. What a mistake. But not everyone knows it. We need to teach those people about the proper history of the Confederate battle flag.
And then there is the recent matter of the display of the Confederate battle flag in a “flags that flew over Florida” display in Pensacola, Florida:
No, no, no, no. Again, one of the Confederacy’s national flags might have done the trick, but the CBF never flew over the state. Some Confederate soldiers from Florida may have waived the mighty banner, but, as anyone knows, that’s different.
Thankfully the folks in Pensacola have decided to take down that flag. No word on whether it will be replaced.
People, it’s time that y’all learned the proper way to display the Confederate battle flag. Any questions?
The damage these folks do to any sense of historical credibility is, well, incredible. I may be in Pensacola in a few weeks, maybe I shoeld checkup on them personally. 😉
They CHOSE the battle flag then and they CHOOSE it now because that is still how they view it. It is still a fight against the government to them. Their heritage is anti-government, anti-America.
Regarding that first example:
That’s a picture by Parks Pegram Duffey III, a self-taught Richmond area artist.
This particular painting of “Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia” (shown in reproduction) is dated 1985.
… “best known for his imaginative interpretations of historic places and celebrations, many of which have been turned into limited edition prints.”
Duffey talks about researching for his paintings:
Please forgive my ignorance, but why is the removal of the Confederate battle flag from this display such a controversy? I recall a similar dispute over in Gulfport, MS back around 2002. There used to be a display of flags on the beach displaying the banner of every nation that once held dominion over Mississippi territory. The Confederate battle flag was included in this display. The county board hired a historian to check the accuracy of each flag in the display and he/she said the first national should replace the battle flag since it was the only flag of the Confederate government to fly over Mississippi during the war. The board rejected this and flew the battle flag, which offended the local African-American community. The funny thing to me is there is/was an identical flag display just a few miles down the beach at one of the casinos, only this one displayed the first national and was never the target of any protest of outrage.
I haven’t been to the gulf in several years, so I think hurricane Katrina may have removed the display and solved the issue for everyone.
Why not just put up the historically correct flag and solve the problem?
You would think that would be a reasonable solution. It would also be historically accurate.
Of course, putting”historically accurate” together with “Virginia flaggers” equates to an oxymoron. And we know our friend in Pensacola isn’t interested in what’s historically accurate either.