Confederate Flag Day – Today In Southern History

4 March 1861  

On this date in 1861…

The First National Flag of the Confederacy was raised above the statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama which served as the provisional Confederate capitol.  The flag was raised by Miss Letitia Christian Tyler, granddaughter of former U.S. President John Tyler.

Other Years:

  • 1789 – The first Congress of the United States met in New York and declared that the U.S. Constitution was in effect. 
  • 1794 – The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress, limiting the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by the citizens of another state. Later interpretations expanded this to include citizens of the state being sued, as well. 
  • 1829 – President Jackson gave his “just policy for Indians” speech.
  • 1861 – The Arkansas Secession Convention assembled in Little Rock
  • 1883 – John Gordon Cashman first published the “Vicksburg Evening Post” in Mississippi.
  • 1921 – An act of Congress established Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
  • 2000 – Thousands of Southern protesters marched to the statehouse steps at Montgomery, Alabama.  There they signed the Declaration of Southern Cultural Independence stating in part, “We, as citizens of the sovereign States of the South, proclaim before Almighty God and before all nations of the earth, that we are a separate and distinct people, with an honourable heritage and culture worthy of protection and preservation…”

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