An Embattled Emblem

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An Embattled Emblem

by John Shelton Reed
Southern Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 3: Spring 1995

"It appears that favorable opinions about the banner are more widespread than the flag itself."

The rebel flag (properly, the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia) is increasingly an “embattled emblem,” as a recent exhibit and symposium at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond recognized and illustrated. A few surveys, mostly recent ones, have asked about the flag.