Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog


Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on April 22, 2016

Small stories that don’t warrant full posts:



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  1. Rob Baker said, on April 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Too kind

  2. Scott Ledridge said, on April 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve seen Tennessee listed as having “elements of the Confederate flag”. The elements used have nothing to do with the Confederacy. Does having a red field constitute “elements of the Confederate flag”.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      The white stars on blue, bordered in white, on a field of red, are very reminiscent of the CBF.

      • Scott Ledridge said, on April 22, 2016 at 2:31 pm

        Does the arrangement of the elements make it automatically tied to the Confederacy? Granted if it were more overt, like Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas, it would be obvious. But, the 3 stars have a specific purpose in their number and arrangement. The blue circle has a purpose of unity. And I couldn’t imagine flipping the red and blue.

        I haven’t found anything by the designer commenting on his intent to harken back to the Confederacy. Colonel LeRoy Reeves of the Tennessee National Guard said,”The three stars are of pure white, representing the three grand divisions of the state. They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field the symbol being three bound together in one-an indissoluble trinity The large field is crimson. The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much creation when hanging limp. The white edgings contrast more strongly the other colors.”

        Full disclosure: I’m a total homer with my judgement clouded by pride in my state.

  3. Ken Noe said, on April 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Gov. Bentley also used a state aircraft to fly with his, uh, top aide to Las Vegas to see Celine Dion ( and to Washington to see the Obamas (

    • Andy Hall said, on April 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      A few more examples like that and we might have to make him an honorary Texas politician.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      BTW, Ken, I just noticed that your comment is the 7,000th approved comment on this blog. There’s no prize, I’m afraid.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      There’s a wide audience for faux outrage.

  4. Pat Young said, on April 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Suzanne Sherman’s article on the imposition on white tourists of information about slavery at historic sites where most of the residents were slaves is a must-read. It was so demented I had to check to see if The American Conservative, which published it, was a parody site. Nope. It has real editors with ties to the libertarian right who have actual editing credentials.

    Her discussion of Madison’s not freeing his slaves because he was a caring human being and her condemnation of Lafayette for wanting Madison to violate race laws have to be read to be believed.

    • Andy Hall said, on April 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Sherman is an editor, writing coach, ghostwriter-for-hire. This seems to be her only piece for The American Conservative, so I wonder if she torqued the piece specifically for that audience. I have no idea what her personal politics are, but it’s a pretty ridiculous essay.

  5. Leo said, on April 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Governor Bryant of Mississippi has refused to sign a proclamation to honor Mississippians who fought for the Union during the Civil War. It’s unclear if he did so because the NAACP requested it, or if he is trying really hard to be remembered as the modern Ross Barnett.

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