The True Confederate Flag

The confederate flag has faced controversy for generations. To some it is a symbol of racism and inequality, to others a banner of Southern pride.

in his recent CNN report, Dean Obeidallah points out that despite the modern perception the famous stars and bars were never the official flag of the Confederacy. In fact, the Confederacy never settled on an official flag, despite many attempts and revisions. 

The problem rested in representing the new Southern Identity. Southerns saw themselves as both Americans and rebels, so they wanted a flag that was similar but not identical to the Union flag.  Problems arose when bringing it into battle, however, because it proved difficult to distinguish from the enemy's banner.

 

The original flag of the Confederacy (center) and a second version on the left featuring the stars and bars. 

The original flag of the Confederacy (center) and a second version on the left featuring the stars and bars. 

 

By the end of the war, platoons in the Tennessee and Virginian armies began waving variations of the stars and bars for practical reasons. Although none of these were accepted as the official flag of the Confederacy, in the years following the war they became synonymous with the southern rebellion.(1) In the CNN article, Obeidallah reveals this and more about the history of the Confederate flag and argues that those who identify with it are in fact allying themselves with treason rather than any region. For the full story go to cnn.com and to view the flags of the confederacy and the history of the Civil War head to Sciencesource.com. 

  (1)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

A Confederate platoon faces off against the Union, waving the stars and bars. 

A Confederate platoon faces off against the Union, waving the stars and bars.