Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Southern Symbolism during 1861 to 1865–Victorian Style

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” ~Albert Einstein

I am an autodidactic  researcher.  Over the last few years, I have specialized in the study of African-Americans who traveled with the Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865.  The goal is to assist in the preservation of this vital information.  With every year that passes, many southern slaves and freedmen who labored and toiled in service remain unrecognized at-large for their contributions to United States Military History. They have earned the right to be acknowledged.

Thus, the research, to include this project, continues.  As an example, the featured photograph is of Scott, a body servant, with members of the 57th Georgia Regiment. [Reference: Georgia’s Virtual Vault. ]  As with Wilkes and Lavinia Flagg, Scott was likewise from Milledgeville, Georgia.

Collins Dictionary
Military Service: service in an army or military force, either voluntarily or by conscription.

Presenting a living history, to include period correct symbolism, will provide a more realistic view into the people who lived during the 19th Century.  In order to understand the context of the Southern Symbolism used on this BLOG, check this page often because definitions will be added to provide clarity of usage.


Southern Symbols and Terms Definitions for this Living Historian BLOG
Confederate Battle FlagConfederate Battle Flag

A 19th Century soldier’s flag to differentiate sides on the battlefield. The “x” is representative of a Saint Andrew’s Cross. Andrew was a disciple of Jesus, the Son of God. At Andrew’s death, Andrew believed the cross of Jesus was sacred and asked to be crucified in the configuration of an “x” which demonstrated humility. The stars represent the states which succeeded from the Union.

This BLOG does not tolerate racial usage of the soldier’s Confederate Battle Flag in any form. In the 21st Century, the Confederate Battle Flag is placed at the graves of all persons who provided military service to the Confederate States Army/Navy. The Confederate memorials attended do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/origin, ancestry, genetics, age, sex, religion, creed, and/or veteran status.

War Between the States (WBTS)

Many southerners state that there is nothing civil about war. Therefore, the name “War Between The States” was adopted. The first use of the term “War Between the States” was by Confederate Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens who also wrote a book by that same title in 1866. [Reference: North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial website: ] Also note, the term Civil War is used on this BLOG for search engine optimization.