If you read the 1875 article from The New York Times about Gen. Wade Hampton’s tribute to the flag of Hampton’s Legion, Hampton never thought “the flag” would be unfurled and flown as it is today. He said, “... it will never again brave the battle and the breeze” and “... when you furled it forever, you pledged your soldierly honor to observe inviolate the terms on which you surrendered.”
He goes on to say that he hoped the flag should one day be deemed worthy to be placed “... by the side of the honored flag of Eutaw.” The flag commonly known as the Eutaw Flag, now in the possession of the Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, S.C., is a relic of the Revolutionary War.
He closed the article by stating, “... we tenderly and reverently place among our most precious relics our loved though conquered banner.” Hampton knew that relics are to be stored or displayed in museums or other places of honor.
I think it’s high time we have an open and honest debate as to where and how we honor our ancestors who fought and died for a lost cause. Now is not that time. Our dead need to be mourned and laid to rest.