Update: The more I think about it, the more I agree with a commenter below that on this particular issue I am splitting hairs. Perhaps I’ve allowed my disgust for this project to get the better of me. Take a listen to NPS Ranger, Christopher Young, who just finished commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle of Chickamauga. He has the right idea when it comes to remembering and commemorating our Civil War soldiers. Finally, let me be clear that I am not offended by the sight of this flag. What I find offensive is how it is manipulated and abused by these people.
Next weekend the Virginia Flaggers will unveil their Confederate battle flag somewhere along I-95 in Chesterfield County, near Richmond. This week they unveiled their new flag on the steps of the Virginia capital. It appears they went with something that resembles the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. I say resembles because if you look closely something is very, very wrong.
If you look closely you will notice that the stars are not spaced properly. Rather than protesting the Museum of the Confederacy for not flying a Confederate flag in front of their new location in Appomattox the Flaggers would have done well to take a look inside at some real flags…you know…the ones the soldiers actually carried into battle.
Remember, according to Susan Hathaway this project is about honoring the men in the ranks. You could say the spacing of the stars is a minor issue, but it seems to me that the details matter given the rhetoric of honor that the Flaggers have employed and the fact that this group began over the issue of the Confederate flag.
It is entirely fitting that this particular flag will fly along I-95 and we can only hope that the Flaggers will place a nice big marker at its base indicating who is responsible for it.