Re: Confederate Flag
John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 13:19:17 -0600
I greatly appreciated your remarks and observations regarding the
display of the confederate flags. I myself could not have put it so
Let me clarify one thing though. You did make reference to the
"battle flag" as the "stars and bars".....a definite boo boo to us who
endear our heritage and disdain the thugs and despots who would cloud our
symbols of honor with their use of those very treasures in their own
private agendas of hate and stupidity. There were four flags (national)
that were recognized as representative of the confederacy. Only the later
two of these were actually mandated by the confederate congress.The first
one was of course the "Bonnie Blue", it was a blue field with one white
star displayed in the middle. The second, was the "Stars and Bars"
it displayed a canton of blue with a circle of 7 white stars, later
thirteen, further, a field displaying three bars, upper and lower were
red, the middle was white. The third, is affectionally termed as the
stainless banner. It displayed a white field with a "battle flag" canton.
Because this flag was mistaken for a flag of truce mant times the fourth
flag was chosen. Many today refer to it as the "Third National" it was
just like the previous flag except that it displayed a red vertical bar
1/3 the size of the flag on the outside edge. Lastly the Confederate
battle flag is what most people see used by the groups of despots who
would dishonor us.
I am a southern gentleman, raised with distinct concepts of honor and
fairness. I do not remember my upbringing to include lessons in how to
hate your fellow man. I guess what I am trying to say is that....I judge
a man by his heart and not by color or creed. Jerks have always been
jerks, no matter if they came in Pink with Purple Polka Dots or not..
Oh by the way....sorry for the delay, check your mailbox, my gift is
headed your way friday.
Again Michael.....WELL DONE
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City