Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Mississippi Supreme Court Flags Itself

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on February 8, 2013



Can’t make this stuff up:


The job of raising and lowering the flags belongs to the Mississippi State Capitol Police, where a Lieutenant Hamilton said they had taken the Confederate flag down as soon as they were alerted. “We got on it in a hurry, as fast as we could,” he said.
But where did the Confederate flag come from in the first place? Kym Wiggins, with the state department of finance and administration, says the Mississippi flag they’d been flying over the court had gotten tattered. They ordered a new pair of flags, with one to fly and one to keep in reserve. Wiggins says the Confederate flags were shipped to them, by mistake, in boxes that were mislabeled “Mississippi flag.” Sometime around 2 P.M., workers opened a box and hoisted what they believed was the real state flag.


The approximately 10 x 15-foot flag was up for a couple of hours before anyone noticed. Because, you know, Mississippi.


Original image via Cottonmouthblog.


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  1. theravenspoke said, on February 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm


  2. Josephine Lindsay Bass said, on February 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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  3. Brad said, on February 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    That’s the government for you! However, isn’t the present flag somewhat similar to the battle flag as it retains a smaller rendering of the Stars and Bars?

    • Andy Hall said, on February 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      It is. But still, quite a bit of difference not to notice.

      Seems like a hard mistake to make unless you’re pretty deeply unaware of what you’re doing.

      And still, TWO HOURS for someone to notice?

  4. Jeff Bell said, on February 9, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Does this mean that Mississippi says no to Obamacare?

    • Andy Hall said, on February 9, 2013 at 9:14 am

      The timing is coincidental, but Mississippi was also in the news Friday for effectively shutting down any possibility of setting up state-managed health insurance exchanges. Under the law, this will result in the feds stepping in to do so, resulting in less local control over health care in Mississippi, not more. (Way to show your independence, morons!) Given Mississippi’s ranking in basic health outcome measures like infant mortality (No. 1), life expectancy (No. 51, including the District of Columbia), and cancer death rate (No. 3), it’s hard to imagine the feds doing a worse job for the people of that state.

      Of course, Mississippi collects $2.47 in federal spending for every dollar in tax revenue it generates, so being on the federal dole is pretty much what Mississippi is all about, when it comes to that state’s relationship with DC.

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