13 September 2003
Stars and Bars forever
Or at least once more, anyway.
On 17 April 2004, more than a century after the end of the Civil War Between The States For Southern Independence, or whatever you want to call it, the last Confederate war dead will be laid to rest in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, S.C.
The crew of the submarine CSS Hunley, lost when the sub sank in February 1864 the vessel was pulled off the ocean floor in 2000 will be buried with full military honors, and both submarine buffs and members of reenactment societies are likely to turn out in full force.
And maybe some picketers, too; there's an online petition to ask the Hunley Commission, which has arranged for the ceremony, to bar the appearance of the US flag on the premises, and there are hints of local protests as well. Why? Well, of course, this was the Union flag (albeit with a different number of stars), and the Union, for those sailors, was the enemy.
Hunley Commission chair Glenn McConnell finds this incomprehensible. He's a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and "at the beginning of every meeting, we pledge allegiance to the US flag."
I'm not quite sure what I think of this just yet.