I would like to respond to Russell Forrest Davis’s letter, Tues April 19th. Mr. Davis states ” the Confederate flag” is currently ,” flown over several southern capitals “. Actually, South Carolina is the only southern state to fly a Confederate flag over its capital. During the Civil War, the Confederacy actually had three different national flags. The flag in South Carolina is a “battle flag”. These flags were used during engagements with the North and over the years the “battle flag “ has come to be known as the “Confederate Flag”. I disagree that the South tends to “glorify” the Confederacy during the current commemoration. From what I read, unlike 50 years ago, today’s commemorations are much more inclusive and efforts are made to better understand all aspects of the war instead of focusing on battles and generals. Mr. Davis further states that WWII was fought between ” good allies and bad, ultra conservative , racist German and Italian regimes”. Weren’t the Nazis’ National Socialist and didn’t Japan have something to do with that war?
As Churchill said, “history is written by the victors” and history is constantly being rewritten as new evidence and perspective impacts our understanding.