Proud of old battle flag



Published: May 23, 2007

Alex Riess (Think the confederate flag should be raised with pride?) writes an
opinion which is very derogatory toward the confederate battle flag. The tone
of her message is summed up in the line where she says, “However, if you
are proud to claim the Confederate flag as a symbol of the South, you are already
dead.”

This type of ignorance is very offensive to me. People like Miss Riess do not
know anything about the Civil War and are equally confused about the battle
flag. They think that the flag equals slavery equals the Civil War. Slavery
existed in North America for over 200 years before the war or the flag. The
war for southern independence (1861-1865) lasted only four years. The war did
not consist of confederates fighting slaves. it consisted of confederates fighting
Yankees.

If people were interested enough in their history to find out what their ancestors
were doing during the war, most caucasians would find out that family members
were serving honorably in the Confederate armies and that those who were back
at home were suffering great hardships and deprivations.

The men of the Confederate armies fought with unsurpassed courage and determination
against overwhelming odds, and they did it honorably, unlike the Yankees, who
conducted war against the civilian population under General Sherman, driving
people from their homes, stealing and burning their property, and needlessly
slaughtering their livestock.

Both of my mother’s grandfathers fought with the armies of the South.
I am proud of the old battle flag. Let it continue to represent the indomitable
spirit of our ancestors.

Mitchell Williams

Philadelphia

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