South Carolina and Confederate Flag Facts
As South Carolina's display of the Confederate Flag evolves from a debate into a campaign issue, it is at least interesting to note that the state's official flag contains no elements of the Confederate Flag while the official flags of four other states do.
The crescent moon was South Carolina's symbol when it was a British Colony. The tree is a Palmetto and signifies a fort built of Palmetto logs on Sullivan's Island in Charleston Harbor during the American Revolution.
While this flag (the "Navy Jack") is generally recognized as the official flag of the Confederacy, there were a number of Confederate Flags used during the Civil War. Many Southern regiments and companies had their own unique flags. The Official Flags of the Confederacy web sites shows several flags in order and the Museum of the Confederacy site offers this Confederate Flag Collection.
South Carolina's Display of the Confederate Flag
The South Carolina State House in Columbia displays three flags in the following order from top to bottom:
- The Flag of the United States of America
- The South Carolina State Flag
- The Flag of the Confederate States of America
Whether the State's use of the Confederate flag is appropriate or not, this is the correct order of display according to the Flag Code (Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10) which states, in part...
"When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right."
The Flag Code makes no mention of other flags that may not be displayed along with the U.S. Flag.
Flags of Other Southern States
Alabama State Flag
Georgia State Flag
Florida State Flag
Mississippi State Flag
Related Web Resources
march against Confederate flag in South Carolina
CNN Report from 1/17/2000.
Africans in America
Companion site to the PBS series. Examines the economic and intellectual foundations of racial slavery in America and the global economy that prospered from it.
African American: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom
From the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.
South Carolina Heritage
The group dedicated to keeping the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina State House.
South Carolina State House Network
Features links to live webcasts and who's who at the State House.
State Flags of the United
Nice clipart images for use and reference, presented by the Oklahoma University College of Law.
On Other About.com Guide Sites
A view of the Confederate Flag debate from About.com's Guide to Columbia, SC, Jesse Bannister.
About.com Guide to Race Relations, Kim JHohman's list of web resources relating to race and the US criminal justice system.
Flags From Everywhere
The list of online flag resources used by About.com's expert Guide to Geography, Matt Rosenberg.
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