Yes, no question, the Civil War was treason by definition, aka, an attempt to overthrow the government. But aside from blatantly racist yahoos like the ones in Charlottesville, I actually kinda ‘get’ the need for Southern ‘pride’, and especially the connections with the fighting spirit of the intensely independent culture of the Scots-Irish ‘rednecks’ (“Ulster Scots”), who primarily settled in the the South and Appalachia.
Unfortunately fightin’ is all they seem to know, and too bad they can’t come up with any better symbols for their “pride”.
More than 27 million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots, whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the border between England and Scotland, and later in the bitter settlements of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland. Between 250,000 and 400,000 Scots-Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century, traveling in groups of families and bringing with them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters. Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism, dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition, and, over time, the Scots-Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military, of working class America, and even of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself.