In reply to Greg M. Garnett's letter about our flag ("Confederate flag still offends many," May 13): He should research before he shows his ignorance of history.
What letter writer Lee Herron ("Honor all our Confederate ancestors," May 3) was saying was: We are tired of our ancestors, our flag and the South taking the blame for slavery. In that time, slavery was legal under the U.S. Constitution, as with the killing of millions of innocent unborn babies today.
Garnett also stated that the slaves were offered freedom if they fought for the South. That is also false. In 1861, black abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, "There are ... many colored men in the Confederate army ... as real soldiers having muskets on their shoulders, bullets in pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops and doing all that soldiers may do to destroy the federal government."
We are deeply sorry about the Klan and other groups of hate using our flag, but the No. 1 flags of the Klan are the American flag and the Christian flag, but we never see any outcry over these. Our flag never flew over a government or a slave ship like the American flag for 80 years; it only flew over an army of the South. I'm glad to hear that Mr. Garnett's great-great-grandmother is doing well at 93, but she was born 52 years too late for the years of 1861-1865. But it's true that she has seen a lot in her life. I would suggest that Mr. Garnett research black Confederates; here's one to start you off -- Bill Yopp.
Gens. Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jeb Stuart all were abolitionists. Jackson started one of the first black Sunday schools before the war. He stated that blacks needed to be taught English so they could read the Bible and become saved. He sent money back to the school during the war to keep it going.
Wouldn't it be a hoot if Mr. Garnett's research finds that one of his ancestors was a Confederate soldier?
We as true Southerners will always honor our ancestors and all the men, women and children who fought and died for the South. Call us racist if you will -- that is your right -- but I ask you to not believe everything someone tells you or something that you might read. Do real research.