Further Thoughts on the Confederate Flag(s)
June 24, 2015
Interesting notes on the history of the flags of the Confederacy, according to Wikipedia.
One of the first acts of the Provisional Confederate Congress was to create the “Committee on the Flag and Seal”, chaired by William Porcher Miles of South Carolina. The committee asked the public to submit thoughts and ideas on the topic and was, as historian John M. Coski puts it, “overwhelmed by requests not to abandon the ‘old flag’ of the United States.”
Read more. My takeaways (subject to the obligatory caveats about trusting Wikipedia):
- Even in the South, the elites had trouble imposing a new flag, because a lot of Southerners still loved America and the American flag.
- The new, Confederate flags always represented being anti-America.
- At one point, the official flag of the Confederacy was a smaller version of the symbol we’re familiar with on a big white field, specifically designed to symbolize the fact that the whole war was really about white “supremacy”. (Insert joke about white flags here.)