I can’t help but think that this is a great example of how the marketing to a general audience hasn’t quite kept up to pace with scholarship on the Confederacy and the South during the Civil War. After all, this isn’t an example of North v. South or United States v. Confederacy, but an internal conflict within the state of Mississippi. This story reveals a war that challenges our traditional assumptions and tired cliches that assume a monolithic Confederacy and a region committed to “Southern Independence”.
The two flags may fit neatly into our collective memory of the war, but perhaps an image of a fractured Confederate flag might be more appropriate. Perhaps something even more exotic? What kind of cover would you design for this book?