Friday, July 21, 2017

Waycross, Georgia

The Confederate Battle Flag Lives On:  He was born in 1841, so he would have been in his prime, his early 20s, when he served in the Civil War. With the first name John, he literally was a "Johnny Reb." He obviously survived, and the records say he became a minister in the Presbyterian Church. His grave boasts a foot stone and a body stone in a rather unusual combination. The body stones in this section of the cemetery may be mid-20th century additions to the landscape. Could they go back to the Civil War centennial in the 1960s? Oakland Cemetery. [2007]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Frederick, Maryland

The Confederate Battle Flag Lives On:  In the Confederate section of Frederick's famous rural cemetery, the battle flag seems an appropriate honor for those who died in the Battle of Antietam or as a result of wounds sustained there. These markers honor both known and unknown soldiers. The original headstones have been supplemented by new ones: only the date of death is recorded. All of these died in September 1862. Mt. Olivet Cemetery. [2010]

Monday, July 17, 2017


The Confederate Battle Flag Lives On:  On the left is what everyone thinks is the official flag of the Confederate States of America. On the right is the flag that actually was the official flag of the Confederacy, or at least the earliest one of them. It was known as the "stars and bars" and was judged to be too much like the "stars and stripes" for easy differentiation when used in battle. The stone says "Our Confederate Dead," but it could as easily say "Confederate States of America," which was born in 1861 and died in 1865. Oakland Cemetery. [2012]

Friday, July 14, 2017

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Confederate Battle Flag Lives On:  Here lies a woman who was born two generations after the Civil War, yet she carries a Confederate battle flag on her headstone. She probably didn't see it as a symbol of hate, but that it what is has become. Even the U.S. Congress, in 2016, passed legislation banning its use in national cemeteries. Magnolia Cemetery. [2011]

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Milledgeville, Georgia

The Confederate Battle Flag Lives On:  Here lies a soldier who fought in the Civil War. He has an old headstone from the 19th century and a new one from the 20th century. He also has a Confederate battle flag marking his grave. It is likely that the new headstone and the battle flag are meant not to keep his memory alive, but to keep the memory of the Civil War itself alive. Make sure you catch the name of the cemetery. Memory Hill Cemetery. [2015]

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chester, Virginia

The Confederate Battle Flag Lives On:  And, you can find it in cemeteries, especially those in the old Confederate States of America. This isn't the flag of the Confederacy, which had three official flags, but rather a flag of battle. Its life ended with the end of the rebellion in 1865, but it was resurrected as a symbol of lost identity during the second half of the 20th century. Sunset Memorial Park. [2007]

Friday, July 7, 2017

Louisville, Kentucky

Celebrating the Flag and the Fourth with Music:  Independence Day stirs feelings of patriotism even in cemeteries, where American flags seem to be the perfect complement to holiday celebrations. When you see them, you may think of some [questionably] patriotic tunes that fit the mood of the day. What's this one?
     "But your flag decal won't get you
     Into Heaven any more,
     They're already overcrowded
     From your dirty little war.
     Now Jesus don't like killin'
     No matter what the reason for,
     And your flog decal won't get you
     Into Heaven any more."
Recognize it? If not click here. Evergreen Cemetery. [2016]