I've been a student of the War Between the States for the last 40 years, and I have never seen or heard of an "Emblem of Slavery." I have not been able to find the word "slavery" mentioned anywhere in the regulations governing either of the flags that represented the Confederate government. The flags' appearance were changed for a reason, but again there is no mention of slavery.
If I'm not mistaken, slavery was not an issue until after the battle of Sharpsburg (or Antietam), and then only after Abraham Lincoln made it so. I'm sure that if the gentleman from Grovetown would look a little closer, he would find that slavery was accepted longer and prospered greater under the flag of the United States, but I'm also sure that this thought does not fit in with the political agenda of those he chooses to believe.
If he would read fact instead of the fiction promoted by the Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons and those groups that want to destroy all symbols of the Old South, he just might find out the truth. Slavery was in fact an issue, but not the primary reason for the War Between the States as some would have you believe in their politically-correct history books. Don't forget, Mr. Lincoln tried to free only those slaves in the South, he did not mention those still in bondage in the North and under the Stars and Stripes. We should focus our efforts not on the banner of honor, but those that misuse it.
H. Meads, Lincolnton
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