Fighting Joe Wheeler
Camp #1372 Sons of Confederatre Veterans Birmingham, Alabama

Our Flag by Mike Scruggs

BENEATH THE SOUTHERN CROSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Confederate Battle Flag, sometimes called the Southern Cross, is held in disfavor by many who are unfamiliar with its origin and true symbolism. Many have been taught to treat it as an object of moral horror and political infamy. A deadly combination of ignorance and arrogant self-righteousness is constantly engaged in shouting down its true history and meaning. It has been subject to decades of slanderous propaganda. But it is incumbent upon those who value truth, fairness, good will, reasonable tolerance, and charity in society to educate themselves on the true history and meaning of this famed banner.

 

William Miles, its designer, indicated its underlying symbolism in an 1861 letter:

 

“The flag should be a token of humble acknowledgement of God and be a public testimony to the world that our trust is in the Lord our God.”

 

This meaning was widely understood by Confederate soldiers and the Southern people.

 

The celebrated Southern historian, Shelby Foote, noted that the Southern Cross also came to stand for Law, in the sense of a government of Law rather than a government subject to the whim of tyrants or majorities. It stood for limited government and federalism (States Rights) against the dangers of concentrated and centralized government power. It stood for the principles of the constitutional federal republic of 1789 that the South felt were threatened by Northern political philosophies and ambitions. It stood for the rights gained and blood-sacrifices their forefathers had made in the Revolutionary War. Just as in the Revolutionary War, they were fighting against the evils of unjust taxation and many other abuses of power perpetrated by Northern political factions. Above all, Confederate soldiers were fighting to defend their homes from a ruthless Northern invasion.

 

There are those who say that the display of the Confederate Battle Flag is insensitive. They say it is a symbol of slavery and offends many people. But their offense is based on ignorance of its true origin and history. Their offense and sensitivity is based on decades of unquestioned propaganda attempting to justify an unjust war and its deplorable tyranny and conduct. .

 

Study the words of Lincoln and the resolutions of the U.S. Congress in 1861. The Union Army did not invade the South to free slaves. It was only later in the War that Union propagandists began to use the slavery issue in an attempt to give tyranny a pious justification.

 

The right to define the meaning of the Confederate Battle Flag or any flag belongs to those who by their history and shed blood own its heritage. Radical and lawless groups often display the United States flag, but this does not change its true meaning to fair-minded people. Nor should fair-minded people rightly associate the Confederate Battle Flag with evil because the very same groups expropriate and display it. Newspapers and groups such as the NAACP, SCLC, and SPLC have no right to define the meaning of Confederate flags any more than the French have the right to define the meaning of the Italian flag or any flag but their own. Redefining and slandering someone else’s heritage and symbols is incredibly arrogant and stirs up needless strife. Honorable people pursuing a just and civil society do not seek to dishonor and marginalize the heritage and symbols of others.

 

The Confederate Battle Flag ought to be the honored heritage of every Southerner and every American. No cowardice or indifference should allow it to be trampled under the heel of busybodies and Political Correctness Police.

 

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In 1989 the SCV Reunion and Convention strongly stated its position against hate groups using the Confederate Battle Flag as a symbol. The resolution is titled "SCV Resolution 89-2". Please click on the title link and you will get the Adobe PDF Document.