Confederate Battle Flag
Students of The War know that it was considered by Southerners not as civil war but as a war for the independence of a Southern nation from a Northern nation, fought not over the issue of slavery, but over the right of the individual States to govern themselves rather than being ruled by a centralist government. The South stood on the principles of Thomas Jefferson, who in the Declaration of Independence, stated, "Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government."
The Confederate battle flag that is displayed on this site and of which a replica is flown at our reenactments, was the banner under which the 3rd Texas Cavalry rallied to fight for States rights and to defend their Texas homeland against invasion by Northern armies. To the men in the historic 3rd Texas, the Confederate battle flag never represented hatred, slavery, or racism. Instead, to them it represented all Confederates, regardless of race or religion, and was the symbol of limited government, less taxes, and the right of a State to govern itself. The words sewn into the flag represent a few of the locations and engagements where members of the 3rd endured unimaginable hardships and fought bravely against overwhelming odds.
Tragically, hateful and uninformed people have caused the Confederate battle flag to be seen incorrectly by some today as a symbol of hatred and racism. Like our friends in the reenacting hobby, the members of the 3rd Texas Cavalry are not racists. We do not promote, encourage, or condone ethnic, racial, religious or sectional animosity or stereotyping nor do we support or associate with any group that does. On the contrary, we welcome into our ranks anyone who shares our interest in the reenacting hobby. So, when you see a reenactor flying a period correct flag, be it a Confederate flag, the Texas flag, the Union's Stars and Stripes, or any one of the many regimental flags, please know that they are not trying to make any statement other than to honor all American soldiers past and present who have bravely defended their homes, families, and freedoms and fought for what they believed was right.