I don't ususally venture outside the grow forums, but I do when it comes to certain Southern things.
First, nobody mentioned the fact that the bars and stars flag was NOT the flag of the confederatercy, it was a conferate battle flag. It represented courage and valor.
Second, someone did mention the revestionist history that's occurred. When you ask most people why the Civil Was was fought , the first answer is "to end slavery" and nothing could be further from the truth. It was fought over state's rights, slavery was a component of that but minor one. If you told the people of Charleston it was to protect slavery (most of the slaves were on large plantations owned by wealthy people) you couldn't have raised even a small mob. What incenced the people was that armed union troops were patrolling the streets and imposing curfews and the free assembly of citizens.
The Civil War (The War of Northern Aggression) started in April 1861 and the Emmancipation Proclomation didn't happen till Jan 1863. It only freed the slaves in the conferate states, slavery was still legal in the border states that stayed in the union.
Fought to end slavery? Bullshit.
The conferate battle flag was unfortunately hijacked by racists, but the flag was stolen by the politically correct assholes.
Many of us believe that flag still stands for courage and valor.