Clarifying the Flag

by Larry Bradley | 11/17/03 6:00am

To the Editor:

Your Nov. 13 article "Students call Dean posters a hoax" on the Confederate Flag has the same mistake as nearly all of the news media. The flag pictured is not the Confederate flag. It is the Confederate battle flag. The Confederate flag looked too much like the Stars and Stripes on the battlefield, so the battle flag was adopted. Many people think that the flag in your article is also called the Stars and Bars. It is not. That title also belongs to the real confederate flag, which was first shown to the public by Jefferson Davis in front of the train depot in Fairburn, Ga. as the Confederate Government was being moved from Montgomery, Ala. to Richmond, Va.