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Posted on May 29, 2010

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CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG CONTROVERSY

The Confederate battle flag is a source of controversy in recent years. In Missouri it is ban from display at historic Civil War sites. However, on Memorial Day it is placed on graves at the Confederate Cemetery in Higginsville. Several southern states hold Confederate Memorial Day on different dates.

Reenactments of battles will find the regular Confederate flag used.

Leonard Pitts characterizes the Confederate battle flag as the “American swastika.” It has been ban from Kappa Alpha Fraternity flying it at the University of Missouri.

To me and many more Southerners, the battle flag is a visual memorial and reminder of the 750,000 Confederate soldiers who fought valiantly against two million invading federal soldiers. The Civil War was about states rights more than about slavery.

To paraphrase James Webb in “Born Fighting:” “for those who have the intellectual capacity to remove themselves from the slavery issue…and examine the traits that characterize the Scots-Irish culture, the unbending ferocity of the Confederate soldier is little more a continuum of their culture and a reflection of their ‘Jacksonian’ independence, and their symbols deserve our respect and remembrance on Memorial Day as much as any other war veteran.”

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