26 April 2013

Kent Masterson Brown's Southern Cross Documentary

Coming soon. I'm really interested in seeing Brown's newest video project on the Confederate
Battle Flag. Kent Brown isn't known to have fallen prey to political correctness like so many academic historians have. I recently purchased and viewed his documnetary about horses in the WBTS. It was very good and quite informative. I have to assume this new one will be done as well. Brown is a seasoned lawyer and respected historian and I can't wait to see his perspective on the CBF.

Here's what Mr. Brown's website has to say about this soon to be released production:
The Southern Cross: The Story of the Confederacy’s First Battleflag, will be completed in early May.  The fifty-six minute production chronicles the history of the design and creation of a flag that became the prototype for all of the St. Andrews Cross battle flags carried by Confederate armed forces.  The hand-stitched silk flag with gold painted stars was borne by the Fifth Company of the Washington Artillery of New Orleans through the Battles of Shiloh and Perryville.
I hope to view and review it as soon as it's available.


ropelight said...

It is one of the curious ironies of the WBTS that a simple battlefield banner created to minimize confusion during the smoke and fog of war would endure as representative not only the original Confederate States and eventually the other Southern States as well, but also later come to be misunderstood and blatantly misappropriated by domestic terrorists, criminal motorcycle gangs, and misfits of many colors for their own purposes.

However today's facts are these, the Southern Cross is an historic American flag, an honorable flag consecrated in battle by the blood of good men who fought both for and against it, a flag that represents a major turning point for our nation, a flag that can serve as a rallying point to bring us together or as wedge which will continue to drive us further apart.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


ropelight said...

This topic piqued my interest and I've come back to it off and on for the last week looking into the provenance of the Confederate South's proud battle flag.

So far as I can discover on the Internet, the roots of the Southern Cross may be buried deep in the fertile soil of mid-1600s Scotland.

The white on blue Cross of Saint Andrew was used by Scottish Convenanters to signify resistance to the English Crown's attempts to impose an unwanted Episcopalian hierarchy on the Presbyterian Scots. (Some Scots actually signed the Covenant in their own blood and then signified their allegiance with a red bandana around their necks. The first rednecks.)

The men who designed the Confederate battle flag following First Manassas were descended from Scots-Irish and Huguenots immigrants who came to America seeking religious and economic freedom and would have been familiar with the Covenanter's flag and with the struggle for

Anyway, that's my preliminary take on the issue. I'm looking forward to your review.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Rope - your take is the same as mine. There's quite a bit more background of course, but you've summed it up quite well, I believe.

What's ironic is that the more the elites rail against it, the more prevalent it becomes. I see more now than I did as a kid growing up here in Western VA in the 60's and 70's.