Confession. When I was in the US Army during the Korean War most of my buddies were boys from North Carolina or Georgia or Virginia and we usually had humorous encounters about being “Johnny Rebs” or “Damn Yankees.” We did love one another and would never abandon one another but the Johnny Rebs insisted they so loved the Confederate flag. In reality,the only flag they pledged allegiance to was the stars and stripes. I have read about one thousand dealing with the subject of the Civil War. I DO understand the emotions that conflict arouses in many Southern hearts. But, I was part of the process when we integrated the 7th Army in Germany and all my Southern buddies welcomed Negro troops into the barracks and expected those from the South to play on the Confederate team in a basketball game.
On the day Robert E.Lee surrendered his forces, a crowd rushed to the White House. Abraham Lincoln came out. He pointed to a band and said.”Play Dixie.” Playing the song of Johnny Rebs did not mean Lincoln was ignoring slavery. He just wanted everyone to move on from the Civil War.
It is about time all Americans did so.