Confederate Flags to Return to Fort Sumter

You can read about it here.

This should satisfy the notion that various Confederate flags (in this case, the national colors) can be flown when presented in historical context.



9 thoughts on “Confederate Flags to Return to Fort Sumter

  1. M.D. Blough August 12, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    What is this “Union” flag of which they speak in the news article? I’m assuming that they are referring to the different versions of the US flag that were in effect during the Civil War (Kansas was admitted in January 1861 after the secession winter began and West Virginia (1863) and Nevada (1864) were admitted during hostilities).

  2. Sandi Saunders August 13, 2015 / 5:04 am

    This is historical context and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with this display for that reason. The issue is not and has not been to “erase history” and it should not be to sugar-coat it or PC it up so people can feel good about this American tragedy.

  3. Leo August 13, 2015 / 6:00 am

    That approach seems very reasonable to me.

  4. Leo August 13, 2015 / 6:06 am

    This is the original “Sumter” flag that flew over the fort prior to the bombardment.

    I am not 100% sure about the confederate flags, but assume one was the First National with seven stars.

    • bob carey August 13, 2015 / 8:30 am

      I have no problem with the Confederate flag being display at Fort Sumter, or any other Civil War site. It symbolizes a very tragic and very important part of our history. In my humble opinion the most important part.

  5. Andrew Raker August 13, 2015 / 8:43 am

    I noticed in the park’s press release that they referred to the Confederate flags as the national ones. While they are historically known as the First and Second National, is using the word as an adjective appropriate, since the Confederacy was not a nation, per se? If not, what else should we call them?

    • Brooks D. Simpson August 13, 2015 / 8:54 am

      I think they wanted to assure people that the Confederate Battle Flag was not going to be put in place. They could be called the official flags or the government flags, but there are some traditions not worth fighting about.

  6. Michael Bartley August 14, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    I am happy to hear v2 of your excellent work on Grant will be coming. I look forward to it. I am an American West guy so, my readings on the Civil War and its personages has to be winnowed down to the best. Triumph Over Adversity sits on my shelf with McPherson, Blight’s Race and Reunion, and good old Bruce Catton amongst others.
    Wondered if you have seen this from Salon? In the net world of “hits” this has been, well, a hit. BTW I don’t care if you publish this if it is inappropriate for this space. Just treat it as an email. I visit Salon couple times a week. Every time they publish something on these subjects, and the Confederate Battle Flag has been big for them, I wonder what you and your readers think of it.

  7. Joshism August 14, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    The Civil War can fly over Fort Sumter every bit as much as the Spanish flag can fly over Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.

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