A friend of mine sent me this photo a couple of months ago, and I’d forgotten about it until I came across this picture from David refreshed my memory.
When she sent it to me, my friend asked me if it was a Confederate flag. I’m not sure if it is though. It looks like what we commonly call the confederate flag (which wasn’t actually a flag used in the civil war), except that a real CSA battle flag would be square, not rectangular. A lot of militia and state flags throughout the south have used variations on the flag, so it might be one of those. I’ve also heard that a lot of southern-heavy units unofficially used the “rebel flag” in WWII, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there were still some good ole boys flying it in 1958 as part of Operation Blue Bat.
If anyone has any additional information on this picture, I’d love to hear more about it.
NOTE: Before anyone corrects me, I know that the Stars and Bars was actually the first Confederate flag, which had nothing to do with the battle flag, which is now known as the “rebel flag,” or the “Confederate flag” or, incorrectly, as the “Stars and Bars.” But the name is common enough and has a nice ring, so that’s that.