Racial bigotry can inspire vicious criminal acts, and when wedded to state power it is a murderous, monstrous evil. That was true of both the long-dead political entity called the Confederacy and the still-operating Regime that conquered the independent South….
When Patrick Edward Connor and his troops massacred at least 300 innocent Bannock and Shoshone Indians – including scores of victims officially designated as “combatant children” – at Bear River in January 1863, it wasn’t a Confederate flag that caught the breeze above the slaughter.
When John Chivington’s troops annihilated hundreds of peaceful Cheyennes at Sand Creek in November 1864, the Battle Flag was nowhere in evidence. The troops who cut down unarmed women, and then mutilated the victims by hacking off their breasts and pudenda as trophies, carried out their noble labor beneath the Stars and Stripes.
After the South had been conquered, and Generals Sherman and Sheridan pursued what the former called the “Final Solution” to the Indian problem, they didn’t act on behalf of the Confederacy, nor did their subordinates fly its Battle Flag.