Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Showing the Flag in Dee Cee

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on September 5, 2015

Thirteen hundred people said they were going to attend the big Confederate Heritage™ rally on Capitol Hill in Washington today. A few dozen actually showed up, which is getting to be par for the course on these things. Money quote:


“I am restraining myself because I am a southern belle,” said Ginny Meerman, a beauty pageant consultant and former “Mrs. Maryland” winner who sported a Confederate flag tattoo across her upper back.


Apparently the white nationalist League of the South was represented, too. Who’d a thunk it?

Various factors have been suggested for the low turnout at these events, but it’s nothing new — several years ago the SCV held what was supposed to be a national rally in Richmond, and announced that a thousand marchers were expected; about a third of that number actually participated. And then there are the rallies that get announced and cancelled again before they happen.

Personally I think it’s the biscuits and gravy.



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  1. Melanie said, on September 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    They can’t blame the weather for the low turn out. It was actually pretty nice here today.

  2. Jimmy Dick said, on September 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Imagine my total surprise that a major rally of ignorant people would only have a handful of kooks show up. The racists can’t even get support for their racist cause. The truth is out there and they don’t know it. Few people care about the CBF. It made big headlines for a bit and now it is fading out of the picture. Its use nowadays is almost always in conjunction with modern politics which proves how co-opted it has become as a symbol. Everyone wants to use it and no one wants to do so for its actual historic purpose.

    Put the thing in the museum. Tell the lazy people to make their own symbol for their modern political beliefs and to stop screwing up the meaning of the historic symbols (Tea Baggers, quit using the Gadsen Flag and make your own symbol because you sure as hell don’t know much about the American Revolution!). Rip the CBF out of the hands of the racists. Same thing for the American flag.

    Racist scum like the League of the South and the KKK aren’t worthy enough to live under the American flag let alone carry it.

    • Andy Hall said, on September 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Tell us how you really feel, Jimmy. Don’t hold anything back.

  3. Neil Hamilton said, on September 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    LOVED the biscuits and gravy tie-in. 🙂


  4. Leo said, on September 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    That’s how it is with the flag gatherings here in Mississippi. I think the largest confederate flag one had just under 60 people at the state capitol. That was the very first one and I know the League of the South was there. I know of only one “change the flag” rally and it had just under 100, so neither side is drawing huge crowds. There is a weekly prayer vigil held in front of the governor’s Manson by a group of miinstors who want the flag changed and that seems to draw a crowd ranging from 30 to 50 at various times.

    I saw one “save the flag” rally advertised on social that was to be held in my home town. About 60 people said they were attending but only 9 followed though.

    • Andy Hall said, on September 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      I know the standard line is that southerners have been pushed too far and will rise up en masse for Confederate symbols — the odious Kirk Lyons compared the relocation of the Jeff Davis statue at the University of Texas to Pearl Harbor, and warned that a Hiroshima is coming in response — but I honestly don’t see it. Southerners tend to be very true to the region, but that’s not the same as being loyal to the Confederacy.

      • Leo said, on September 9, 2015 at 8:03 am

        I am still waiting for the League of the South to follow-through with their secession threats.

        • Andy Hall said, on September 9, 2015 at 9:51 am

          The LoS, in twenty years, has never gained much real political traction.

  5. Leo said, on September 13, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    This has made quite a big splash in Mississippi and ruffled a lot of feathers.

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