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Meaning of the Southern Cross


 

 

 

Original "Southern Cross" Battle Flag from the  Museum of the Confederacy

"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today ... The reputation of an individual is of minor importance to the opinion posterity may form of the motives which governed the South in their late struggle for the maintenance of the principles of the Constitution. I hope therefore, a true history will be written, and justice will be done them." Gen. Robert E. Lee

The Southern Cross is the cross of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland since A.D. 750. The connection of the cross with St. Andrew can be traced back as far as the 13th century. It is believed that St. Andrew, brother of the the apostle Peter, was crucified by his persecutors upon a cross in the shape of an "X" in A.D. 60. Southerners, many of whom traced their ancestry to Scotland, very easily related to this Christian symbol. Southerners still do.

The Army of Northern Virginia was the first to design a flag with the cross of St. Andrew, and Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard proposed adopting a version of it as the standard battle flag of the Confederate army.

Regarding the War Between the States, J. H. Thornwell (1812- 1862), President of South Carolina College & Professor at Columbia Theological Seminary wrote: "But the consequences of success on our part will be very different from the consequences of success on the part of the North. If they prevail, the whole character of the Government will be changed, and, instead of a federal republic, the common agent of sovereign and independent States, we shall have a central despotism, with the notion of States for ever abolished, deriving its powers from the will, and shaping its policy according to the wishes, of a numerical majority of the people; we shall have, in other words, a supreme, irresponsible democracy.... On the other hand, we are struggling for constitutional freedom. We are upholding the great principles which our fathers bequeathed us; and if we should succeed, and become, as we shall, the dominant nation of this continent, we shall perpetuate and diffuse the very liberty for which Washington bled, and which the heroes of the Revolution achieved. We are not revolutionists; we are resisting revolution. We are upholding the true doctrines of the Federal Constitution. We are conservative... We shall have a Government that acknowledges God, that reverences right, and that makes law supreme. We are therefore fighting, not for ourselves alone, but, when the struggle is rightly understood, for the salvation of this whole continent." [Life and Letters of James Henley Thornwell, pp. 582 -583

Catalog of Confederate Flags in Florida

Florida's Confederate Soldiers

 

 


 

I salute the Confederate flag, with affection, reverence, and undying devotion to the Cause for which it stands.

 



Confederate Heritage License Plate Info

  Sons of Confederate Veterans ● Florida Division ● Nassau County