Flags of the South

By Josie Frazee Cappleman 

Flags of the South, untarnished and free,

We look on your folds with emotions of pride;

We gaze on you, emblems of daring war deeds,

And think of the hosts who have battled and died. 

Flags of the Southland! What tales you could tell

Of invincible Price and his valiant array

Of men – peerless Pindall, chivalrous and brave,

The bravest of all that Battalion of Gray. 

O, Flags of the South, what tales you could tell

Of the hopes and the heart throbs, unfaltering and strong;

Of the knightliest deeds in tha annals of Fame

That to knightliest names of the Southland belong. 

Aye, too, ye could tell of the grave, grievous things,

Of the hideous horrors through year upon year,

Of hardships and hunger, of valor in vain,

And, O God! The end of all they held dear. 

O, Flags of the South – of that Old South we love,

When waked to its grief, that last fateful day,

Ye waved o’er the souls of the tried and the true,

Nor ever crossed lines from the ranks of the Gray. 

With record outstanding, undimmed by the tread

Of the Time-march of years – some of sun, some of strife-

We salute ye to-day, O unconquered Flags,

As the heart of our hearts, as the life of our life. 

O, Flags of the South, unblemished and fair,

May the record enwrit on your folds ever be

The watchwords of Honor and Valor and Faith,

For woven of these was our Confederacy.

"This poem was written for and read on the occasion of the presentation of two Confederate flags by former Gov.

X.O. Pindall, of Arkansas, to Robert C. Newton Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, of Little Rock, Ark., these flags to be placed on display in the historical museum of the State Capitol.  Governor Pindall inherited the flags from his father, Col. L. A. Pindall, whose famous battalion of sharpshooters in Parson's Brigade, Price's Division, carried these colors safely through a dozen or more battles.  The presentation took place on the 14th of February, in the chapel of the Arkansas Confederate Home, at Sweet Home, with an interesting program, and the colors were accepted by the Sons in appreciative spirit."

Source: From the files of Kathy Frazier; printed in the "Confederate Veteran" Vol. 34, 1926.