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My ancestor was “The Betsy Ross of the Confederacy,” but I won’t display her flag

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I don’t display my ancestor’s flag

My great-great grandmother, Catherine Rebecca Murphy Winborne, was called “The Betsy Ross of the Confederacy” for her reported role in making the first Confederate flag (7 star design) known as the Stars and Bars (final version had 13 stars). The 7 star flag was adopted by the Confederate Congress on March 4, 1861.

The Confederate flag, creating continuing controversy, supplanted the first one and was known as the “Battle Flag.”

Even though my great-great grandmother answered the call for what she thought was service to the state of North Carolina and the Confederacy, I would not choose to display “her flag” in my yard in competition with the flag of the United States of America.

I’ve found small versions of the Stars and Bars on the graves of Confederate soldiers. I see the “Stars and Bars” for its historical value, but not as a flag to be displayed as a symbol of life in the United States today.

I feel the same about the “Battle Flag.” We have had enough battles.

Dan W. Moore

Calabash, North Carolina

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