The ‘Confederate Flag’

Civil-War-Confederate-Battle-Flag-of-the-37th-Mississippi-Infantry-sold-for-nearl-51000I am the Confederate Battle Flag. My design is based upon the Saint Andrew’s Cross of Scotland. Some prefer to call me the “Rebel Flag”. Either name I will wear with honor. There is certainly no shame in being called Confederate, as the people who bore that same honorable title are remembered for their bravery on the field of battle, a Southern culture built upon hard work, and faith in God. As for the name “Rebel”, it was the Revolutionary War soldier and outstanding pamphleteer, Thomas Paine, in his series “The American Crisis“, said: “Let them call me Rebel and welcome — I feel no concern from it“. Because you see, it was George Washington and his Colonial Army who were the original Rebels. My boys in gray were the second to wear the name.

My soldiers were so proud of me and held me in high steem. Many songs and poems were written to praise me. Southern ladies especially loved me and often I was hand made by them and presented to Dixie’s heroes at formal ceremonies. My folds still bare the brown stains of the blood of young heroes.

A poem by Abram Ryan said: “Once ten thousand hailed me gladly, and ten thousand wildly, madly, swore I should ever wave. For though conquered, they adore me! Love the cold dead hands that bore me! Weep for those that fell before me“. I was carried high on Memorial Day, and Dixie was included in July 4th ceremonies. On Veteran’s Day, my men marched along with those from other wars. I waved proudly beside state flags in front of every state building in the South. The great grandchildren of my soldiers put me in tag form on their vehicles and posted me proudly in front of their homes. At some universities, I became the rallying cry at athletic events. The descendents of my warriors remembered both them and me with honor and reverent pride.

But history began to be revised and things such as hard work, personal responsibility, chastity, civility, even Christian symbols such as the cross, the nativity, and the Ten Commandments became unpopular as society became more crude and course. I find that I, the once honored flag of the Confederacy have become the primary targets of the speech police. I have heard of this thing called “diversity”. And if I understand it correctly, it means that this country is working toward the inclusion of and equal treatment for all ethnic groups. Then why is my group singled out not only for omission, but also for slander?

The saddest part for me is that a great number of Confederate descendents have let the liberal media world convince them to be ashamed of who they are. Others have become afraid to display me. How I wish they could have seen their grandfathers hold my colors proudly at Shiloh, or witnessed the calm resolve at Gettysburg as General Pickett sent them forward into cannon and minie balls while I floated above their brave heads. There were no cowards at these places, only the valiant willing to die for the Constitution and the protection of their beloved homes.

Perhaps my people need to be reminded of who they are and what I am. I am a Christian symbol based on the Saint Andrew’s Cross, the native flag of Scotland. According to tradition Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland was crucified on an X-shaped cross. The X-shaped cross in my colors and in the flag of Scotland is also the Greek letter chi which has long been a Christian abbreviation for “Christ”. 19th century military tactics required perfect alignment in order to fire effectively upon an enemy. This rigid formation depended upon being able to align troops on the flag. Therefore, I was the rallying point for the “boys in gray”. But, I was respected by the Union, too. Union troops received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the capture of a Confederate Battle Flag. Because of the confusion between the similarity of first national flag of the CSA and the national flag of the USA, General P. G. T. Beauregard and Joseph E. Johnston adopted my design for their battle flag. I was first known as the Southern Cross and today I am generally referred to as the Confederate Battle Flag. Even the gapping bullet holes that appeared in me after every engagement were pointed to with pride as being further indication of valor for the men of the unit. It further reminds me of the courage and dedication were needed. Confederate soldiers had only to look at the blood stains of their fallen comrades which the battle action had placed upon my colors.

Even in the 20th Century I have been carried into battles for freedom. As the United Nations fought to protect South Korea from the agression of North Korea, I flew over the front lines with the U. S. 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, E Company (“The Civil War: Strange and Facinating Facts,” by Burke Davis). When the TV cameras scanned the crowds witnessing the fall of a communist dictatorship in Eastern Europe with the destructuon of the Berlin Wall, I was seen waving in many hands in that sea of humanity. In Logar Province, Afghan Freedom fighters placed me on a pole into the barrel of a captured Soviet tank as they struggled to remove Russian control over their nation (1989, Southern Partisan Magazine). During Operation Desert Storm, a British unit took me with them into their zone of responsibility as they worked to lift the aggression of Iraq over Kuwait. Somehow across the years, I think I heard again, “Rebel Yells” in approval as brave men once more carried me into battle for freedom.

In the War for Southern Independence, Corporal T. J. Carlisle of the 37th Alabama Infantry said this about me: “Hail thou flag of the brave. We lift our hats in reverence as we behold the speechless but unmistakable evidence that you have passed through the fiery ordeal of war in all its fury. We are proud of your history proud of your scars and venerate you for your age, trusting that your sacred folds may be preserved for ages to come and when time and its inevitable ravages shall dissolve your sacred folds into dust, may the patriotic emotions which actuated us in that memorial struggle pervade American hearts and live in vivid memories of Southern heroism and Southern chivalry.

Why do my people not still love me? Why do they not display me on their government buildings and their businesses? Above all, why do they not fly me on the occasions of Confederate Memorial Day (fourth Monday in April), General Lee’s birthday (third Monday in January) and President Davis’s birthday (June third)? Perhaps they just need to become reacquainted with who I REALLY AM not who those who hate me SAY THAT I AM. Remember and honor me openly, my children. I was based on a Christian symbol; represented a fight for independence, carried by fearless men; and loved by your grandparents. I am The Confederate Battle Flag.

Fly me proudly. I am your inheritance.

Written by Ellen Williams under the original title; Confederate History Month: The Flag and published at CSA Partisan.

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13 thoughts on “The ‘Confederate Flag’

  1. Osh

    Outstanding. I am sending this out as a “Special Edition” to my mailing list today. I’ve a feeling the reason the flag is coming down is specifically for the reasons you mentioned. Quite frankly, those that demand this flag be removed have no honor nor self respect. The politicians removing this flag are already sold out to the Agenda 21 crowd, bent on the wiping out of these united states. This flag is supposed to be so very hurtful to blacks. I’d like to point out that there were some 50,000 plus black Confederate soldiers that died fighting for this flag and what it represented. There is a memorial to that effect somewhere in the South. I’ve seen it, read about it and found it on the web several years ago and my memory fails me, as I can not remember in which state it stands–if indeed it still stands, and the PC vandals haven’t destroyed it. Given time, and the honorless crowd, will have it removed also. If still to be found on the web,”they” have buried it really deep. Can’t have any black Confederate heroes known about now can we. People just might start wondering “why” black folks fought for that flag right along side the whites. It just might be a revelation to some, especially the “white guilt” bunch, that the so called “Civil War” was not so “civil” after all, and was NOT about slavery, but states rights. Those blacks that fought under that flag didn’t want their rights taken any more than their confederate whites…

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  2. Jackie kirkley

    This is an atrocity to the people who gave their lives for our freedom. This has nothing to do with race or bigotry. Those who take it down are cowards. Fly the flag with dignity and reverence.

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    1. David

      Gave their lives for our freedom? Freedom? This was a flag of traitors against the United States of America, and clearly represented a fight for slavery. And for someone who noted that many blacks fought for this flag, what matters is how people feel about it today. I love these polls that people are doing about whether this flag offends you. About 100% say hell no, it’s not racist…..and NONE of them are black. You are hiding your heads in the sand.

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      1. Bill

        David , , , I don’t know , , sounds like you have your head so far up your raciestass , , you can’t see
        the light of day , , , let me give you an example , , show me , just one politician in Washington , that is supposed to represent a group of people that voted him in office to represent them , , that has not sold hisass and soul to the highest bidder , , just one!! , , those people that you called traitors , , that is why they withdrew from the corrupted Washington , , those same corrupted politic hens , , appointed to do the job they wanted done , , why because he had the stomach for what they wanted done , , kill them or conquer them , , they didn’t care how, , just get it done , , he sent band of killers and looters into the south , , “kill all fathers and sons that can fire a gun ” , , loot the country and bring it back to Washington and we will split it up with them ” !! , , , Now all the desendants want is a little freedom to respect their flag , , , look at the sicking excuses to justify your reciestasses , , , you people are the scum of the planet !

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  3. John Burchard

    Very beautifully done! Thank You Ellen Williams for this very inspirational commentary on our beloved Flag.

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  4. Willam Weddendorf

    What the Battleflag stands for is even more relevant today. A despot, running a tyrannical government, is seeking to usurp the few rights left to us: free speech and firearms.

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      1. hippybiker

        That’s what you are, punk!It’s a revered religious symbol, originally from Scotland, the birthplace of my fathers family. You’ll do well in the Camps, Sparky.

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  5. Elefante Cremisi

    Note to the web master, good article, thanks for sharing. Just wanted you know there’s a little typo in the third paragraph from the bottom. I do believe the word “scared” is supposed to be “sacred”, in the first instance of use.

    We are proud of your history proud of your scars and venerate you for your age, trusting that your scared folds may be preserved for ages to come and when time and its inevitable ravages shall dissolve your sacred folds into dust, may the patriotic emotions which actuated us in that memorial struggle pervade American hearts and live in vivid memories of Southern heroism and Southern chivalry.

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  6. American First

    This whole inbred notion that the Rebel Flag stands for freedom, southern pride and Christian values is simply cloaking prejudice in false patriotism and bad religion. Union forces weren’t fighting for the subjugation of a race like the Confederates were. We should NEVER celebrate valor in the cause of evil. Here are excerpts from some of the Confederate state’s constitutions as reasons for secession. If the Rebel flag represented these reasons then you don’t know what good Christian and southern values are and most likely never will.
    Mississippi: ” … a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization.”
    Texas: “The servitude of the African race is the revealed will of The Almighty Creator as recognized by all Christian nations.”
    South Carolina: “The Union States have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery.”
    Georgia: “The North’s fixed purpose is to limit, restrain and finally abolish slavery in the states where it exists. The South with great unanimity declared her purpose to resist the principle of prohibition to the last extremity.”
    Mississippi: “Advocating negro equality promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst and equates to the whole popular mind of the North to become inflamed with prejudice against those states wishing to keep slaves.”
    Texas: Non-slave holding states have an unnatural feeling of hostility of Southern states and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, claiming the debasing doctrine of equality of all men, irrespective of race or color – a doctrine at war with nature and in violation of the plainest revelations of Devine law. They demand the abolition of Negro slavery throughout the Confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and Negro races and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us so long as a Negro slave remains in these states.”

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    1. Darl Tharp

      “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, Debate with Stephen Douglas, Sept. 18, 1858, in Abraham Lincoln, speeches and Writings, 1832 to 1858 (New York: Library of America, 1989), pp. 636-637

      Read that again, especially the last sentence. Did Lincoln not use the phrase “having the superior position assigned to the white race?” If that doesn’t qualify as White Supremacist…

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