Confederate Flag Part of Missouri History

Posted on July 4, 2015


Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson in a meeting at Neosho, Mo., with the Missouri General Assembly enacted an ordinance Oct. 28, 1861, whereby Missouri was granted admission to the Confederate States of America as the 12th state of the Confederacy as represented on the battle flag.

Over 40,000 Missourians died fighting for the Confederacy. A good number are buried at the Confederate Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo. This 135-acre Confederate Historical State Park at one time was the Confederate Soldiers Home. The battle flag flies at the cemetery, and battle flags are placed on graves on Confederate Day.

The late U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton always protected the flying of the battle flag at the cemetery whenever the controversy came up about the flag.

Now some members of the Missouri General Assembly are wanting to enact a law removing Confederate flags from public places. The Confederate Cemetery should be left alone.

The Confederate flag will not be removed from the cemetery without a legal battle because it flies as part of the history of Lafayette County.

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