Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Coming Soon to a Beltway Near You

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 25, 2018

Some of you may recall that in 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the State of Texas, that had disallowed the Texas Division of the SCV to sponsor specialty license plates of the same type that many organizations and causes do. It was a fight that had gone on for years.

The Texas SCV recently announced a new plate design, that does away with the SCV logo (and its Confederate Battle Flag), in favor of artwork by John Paul Strain depicting a color bearer of the First Texas Infantry, carrying the colors of the regiment. The First Texas suffered an 82% casualty rate in the fight for the cornfield at Sharpsburg, reputed to be the highest loss in a single day’s fighting of any regiment in the war, U.S. or Confederate.

I’m not a fan of Strain’s worked generally, but (as the saying goes) this one, I like. The design here is crisp and clean and, unlike the previous pattern, focuses the attention on the soldier, not the sponsoring organization. Such a novel idea — I wonder why no one had thought of it before.

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  1. Marcia said, on January 25, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Pretty Texas-y I’d say. A silhouette of Texas, the name TEXAS, and a Texas flag. I guess that’s getting the point across!

    • Andy Hall said, on January 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Two of those three are required by the Highway Department.

  2. Tom Crane said, on January 26, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    One can never say “Texas” enough! Why can’t they squeeze in another “Texas” somewhere??? Seriously, this is a nice print. These sorts of things should be about the soldiers, not about poltics.


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