Ok people, apparently there are some people who don’t believe the confederate flag is a problem. So, I’m going to give you a little history lesson.
1. The Confederate flag that I’d like to see taken down was actually the battle flag for the Army of Northern Virginia but was later incorporated into various flags for the Confederacy. Seen below.
2. The flag that represented the Confederate States of America was known as the “Stars and Bars”. This was the first flag and it was often confused in battle so it was changed.This flag flew from March 4, 1861, until May 1, 1863. Below.
3. Since the first flag was confusing, the Confederacy opted to redesign their flag. They called it the Stainless Banner, which is below. Now as you can see, there is the flag of controversy in the upper left corner of the “Stainless Banner”. This flag was used from 1863 until 1865.
4. The flag was redesigned and the “Blood Stained Banner” was adopted. (See picture 3). The Confederacy changed the flag to have a red stripe down the right-hand side because they were worried that it’s predecessor would look too much like they were calling for a truce. The “Blood Stained Banner” is pictured below.
5. The Confederate flag we know today was in fact carried by General Robert E. Lee who was actually part of the Army of Northern Virginia. Now, many of you may not be aware, but Robert E. Lee was believed to oppose slavery, The commanding general of the Union Army, Winfield Scott, wanted Lee for a top command and actually accepted the position of Colonel.
So if Robert E. Lee fought for the Union, how did he become known as part of the Confederacy? No one really knows why he switched sides.
Lee was given the command of the Virginia State forces, but his family was divided. His daughter Mary Custis favored succession and Lee’s wife, Mary Anna, favored the Union. So his family was surprised that he went to the Confederacy.
Now Lee, who has switched sides, took up the battle flag of Northern Virginia and that was his banner during the war. It did not represent the Confederacy, but it was Lee who carried it. It represented his home.
Lee was at most of the major battles of the Civil War, Seven Days Battles, Second Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, The Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg and more.
Since General Robert E. Lee was such a visible figure during the Civil War, it is easy to assume the Confederate flag we know today was the “Official Standard” of the Confederacy. In part, it was, as you can see above.
This flag, whether people choose to agree or not, represents oppression, hate and it’s treasonous. Why? Because the South wanted to keep slavery.The flag we know today has become a symbol that still divides a nation. While you as an individual may not feel this flag is hateful, put yourself in the shoes of the people whose ancestors were slaves, people who were beaten, raped and killed. Imagine your ancestors survived the Holocaust. Now imagine how you would feel if you saw the symbol that Hitler used, flying above government buildings. How would that make you feel?
Keep this in mind, at the end of his life, even Robert E. Lee thought the flag should be removed.
Knowledge is power.