A Call To Arms
Truths behind the Confederate Flag
The civil war. Many believe sole reason it was fought was because the south wanted to keep slavery. But like the believed meaning of the flag above, that is far from the truth.
The Civil War began when President Lincoln began to support banning slavery from the States. The South believed this was a violation of their constitutional rights. Not because they wanted to own the slaves but because they were being forced to release them. As a matter of fact, when the war began in 1861, the south was in the process of freeing all their slaves; following an example made by Russia in 1859, when they released all their servants. Many of these men (Freed black southern men) even went on to fight in the war against the North. Many men of different ethnic groups fought with southern pride. And along with those many men, many flags were flown.
The flag above is commonly referred to as the confederate flag, “Stars and Bars” but this a common mistaken of identity. The flag above is actual one of many Confederate battle flags that were flown by many different Confederate units.
During the civil war, the Confederate army had three national flags through out the course of the war. The southern cross was not incorporated into the flag until 1863, but it was never solely used as the whole flag.
Because of the first National flag so closely resembled the flag of the North, It became easily confused with it on the battle field. So as to avoid this confusion, Confederate units began adapting their own battle flags to fly on the field. This led to the creation of the Southern Cross.
The Southern Cross was never a flag that stood for slavery. It is seen as such because of its association with the confederacy, which at the time was in the processes of getting rid of slavery. In reality, to a lot of people, the Southern Cross is a symbol of southern pride,a symbol of a unit that fought for their home. It is the symbol of an ancestor; black, white, Spanish. Never once was it a symbol of slavery.