They just won’t quit celebrating the Confederate States of America on public ground in Batesville.
KARK reports that a Confederate flag is again flying on the Independence County courthouse grounds in Batesville, with approval of a unanimous vote of the county Quorum Court.
The Sons of the Confederate Veterans have long been allowed to fly Confederate-era banners at the courthouse.
The head of the group explained in a letter to the Times recently that an earlier Confederate-era flag was taken down after the slaughter in Charleston, when many other places that had displayed Confederate flags decided to retire them. Apparently, the Independence County group believes enough time has elapsed to reinstall the flag without offending anyone and public officials are in agreement. The flag is on a pole “owned” by the SCV and “embellishes” a 1911 monument to Confederate war dead. From KARK:
“Granted it is a Confederate flag, but this flag came about when the confederacy was in its infancy,” said Sons of Confederate Veterans member John Malloy. …
“Southern patriotism, heritage, that all comes into play,” said Malloy. …..
“That flag is correct for Arkansas and Batesville,” said Malloy.
Malloy said there hasn’t been any phone calls to the city regarding the flag. He added if there is controversy they are willing to fly it at half staff — if there is still issues, city officials may reconvene.
Sadly, I’m afraid Malloy is correct about the display being an appropriate symbol for modern day Arkansas. An elected body unanimously endorses waving on public grounds the symbol of a renegade nation — some would say traitorous — formed to preserve slavery. What’s worse, they don’t understand why anyone might be offended. If they aren’t, why should anyone else be. About 2 percent of the population of the county is black. Batesville was home to many a Unionist during the Civil War, notably including Elisha Baxter. But that’s just ancient history. Whereas proudly displaying a Confederate flag is very much of the moment in Arkansas.
UPDATE: A furious Batesville resident called to say the Confederate flag flying was orchestrated by the county judge, Robert Griffin, and does not enjoy anything like unanimous support in the community. But he’s reluctant to have his name be used — which is, at least, some indication that the subject isn’t as pleasant as the Confederate idolators would like you to believe.
UPDATE II: The Sons of Confederate Veterans are positively crowing about this “major heritage victory” in Batesville.
Flaggers and heritage groups should not be taken lightly. Just when America thought the end of the Confederate Flag and everything Confederate was imminent, the people have made a stand against the communist-like actions of the left wing. Yesterday’s actions in Batesville show that America is tired of the race baiting and back door politics that have torn our heritage asunder. The people say “No more!”
First Batesville, then the rest of Dixie. The South Shall Rise Again!
ALSO: John Malloy of the SCV provides his rationale and history of this fag:
Last Monday I met with the Independence County Quorum Court to discuss restoring an appropriate flag to the flagpole located next to a large United Daughters of the Confederacy monument. The court listened intently to the following before voting unanimously to restore a flag to the flagpole owned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
1. A correct flag for Batesville and the citizens of Independence County is the Arkansas First National flag (a version of the Stars & Bars) adopted on July 2, 1861, after Arkansas seceded from the Union. It resembles the U.S. Star Spangled Banner, but differs by having ten white stars in a circle surrounding a large white star signifying our state. It is unique to Arkansas. As you know, today’s State Flag has a stand alone star indicating the Confederacy. Of course the Star Spangled Banner and Arkansas State Flag are flying from the top of the courthouse.
2. A 21 year old school teacher from Batesville was the city’s first resident killed in military combat in the history of the city. On August 10, 1861, Pvt Job S. Neill died along with 270 other Arkansans and Missourians at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek near Springfield, Missouri. It was a one day battle. The Arkansas and Missouri State Guards combined to make three charges against Federal forces holding the high ground. For most of them it was their first time in combat.
They were fighting for the Arkansas First National flag that is now flying at the Independence County courthouse. Job Neill was killed instantly when, during a charge, he was shot in the chest with a .58 cal. bullet. His body was transported back to Batesville where he is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery.
This early Arkansas First National flag, flying next to the UDC monument, honors the memory of Batesville’s first resident to die in military combat. The local group of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is named for him.
Thank you again, Mr. Brantley, for your past communication about the flag.
Cmdr John R. Malloy
Pvt Job S. Neill SCV Camp 286, Batesville, Arkansas