High above my hometown flies America’s largest confederate battle flag. To many, this is a source of pride and heritage. But when I see the Stars and Bars waving high over the tree line I see the battle flag of a vanquished nation, a flag that shouldn’t be flown without an American flag flying just higher than it.
I bring this up because last night I was driving home with a friend who has lived here just as long as I have and yet never knew much of anything about this flag that has such a prominent place in our county.
The flag people associate with the confederacy is the first flag shown below. This flag is actually the battle flag that the rebel troops would fight under. The dimensions were varied and most were square but this was the design.
The second flag below is the real flag of the Confederacy (the last flag design adopted by the Confederate Congress before their fall). Note that the battle flag design IS incorporated but IS NOT the entire flag. In fact, throughout the Confederacy, the battle flag was never the entire design of their flag. This flag also flies over Brandon, but in the most appropriate of places: a Confederate cemetery.
This is why I have a problem with the flag that flies over I75 and I4. It is a battle flag that troops would go to war under, killing Union troops. The Civil War (a misnomer if I have ever seen one) is over. The battle flags should take their place in historical context and not be flown high over American soil.