The Truth About the Confederate Flag

When I was growing up, I was always one way or another around the Confederate flag (one cannot possibly live in the South without seeing it). I was rather indifferent to it and my mother and father never really told me to think otherwise because they raised me to think for myself when it came to something like the flag or anything that people widely disagreed upon.

I believe that I first saw it when someone had not changed the channel for me so I could watch my Saturday morning cartoons.

It was left on the History Channel (you know, back when it was good), the show that was on was “Civil War Journal” and I was utterly fascinated with it.

When I was watching it I saw a flash of a Confederate Soldier carrying the the flag and in my boyish joy I thought to myself “How cool! I love this show!”

It was then when my quest for knowledge began at the age of five.

I never really attached the flag to pure hate after I watched a documentary about the KKK because I realised that they fly the American flag so I started to believe that the battle flag couldn’t be all that bad if the American flag wasn’t considered racist.

And about that…

Let me ask a question:

Do you honestly believe that a FLAG could be racist?

Please take a moment to think about that……

To try to get this over with here is the truth about the Confederate battle flag….

When the Southern States seceded from the Union starting in late 1860, they formed a Confederate Congress, similar to the Union’s congress. In Feb 1861 the Confederate Congress created a “Committee on the Flag and Seal.” which was chaired by William Porcher Miles, to design a flag and seal of the Confederate States of America. William T. Thompson was NOT the “creator” of the Confederate battle flag, or even of the Stainless Banner, The Second National Confederate flag.

(See this link on that)

The “Confederate Battle Flag” was originally designed by William Porcher Miles.

This flag was originally in the design of the St George’s Cross, Miles received a variety of feedback on this design, including a critique from Charles Moise, a self-described “Southerner of Jewish persuasion.” Moise liked the design, but asked that “the symbol of a particular religion not be made the symbol of the nation.” Taking this into account, Miles changed his flag, removing the palmetto and crescent, and substituting a heraldic saltire (“X”) for the upright one.
The Design.

Mile’s original design was one of many that were proposed but were rejected.

Seen here.

More information on the battle flag’s origin here.

1st National Flag “The Stars And Bars”

The Stars and Bars was chosen to to be the first official Confederate Flag. It was designed by Nicola Marschall who was a German American artist credited with designing both the first flag of the Confederacy and the grey Confederate army uniform.  The Uniforms design was influenced by the mid 1800s uniforms of the Austrian and French armies.

He was born into a wealthy Prussian family of tobacco merchants in 1829. As a budding artist he decided to come to America. In 1849 he emigrated to America and first lived in New Orleans and then moved to Mobile, Alabama. He then relocated to Marion, Alabama in 1851. He opened a portrait studio and taught art at the Marion Female Seminary. In 1861 with the coming of the war he was approached to design a flag for the new Confederacy. He offered three designs, one of which the “Stars and Bars” became the official flag of the C.S.A. It was first raised in Montgomery, Alabama on March 4, 1861. It was the official flag from March 4, 1861 to May 26, 1863.

As early as April 1861, a month after the flag’s adoption, some were already criticizing the flag, calling it a “servile imitation” and a “detested parody” of the U.S. flag. In January 1862, George William Bagby, writing for the Southern Literary Messenger, wrote that many Confederates disliked the flag. “Every body wants a new Confederate flag,” Bagby wrote, also stating that “The present one is universally hated. It resembles the Yankee flag and that is enough to make it unutterably detestable.” The editor of the Charleston Mercury expressed a similar view, stating that “It seems to be generally agreed that the ‘Stars and Bars’ will never do for us. They resemble too closely the dishonored ‘Flag of Yankee Doodle’ … we imagine that the “Battle Flag” will become the Southern Flag by popular acclaim…”

The Second National Confederate Flag “The Stainless Banner” AKA “Jackson’s flag”

The Third National Confederate Flag “The Blood Stained Banner”

More information on the flags of the CSA here.

 

Nicola Marschall and the First Official Flag

 

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M. Williams