The Bonnie Blue Flag

Donald Sutherland as Confederate General Pierre Beauregard calms a group of Confederate civilians under bombardment by Union forces in besieged Charleston by singing The Bonnie Blue Flag.  This is from the 1999 movie The Hunley, a film about the Confederate proto-submarine.  Sutherland has always been a Hollywood liberal, and this scene demonstrates just how recent the politicization of all things Confederate has been by the left in this country.





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  1. An outstanding actor, notwithstanding his political dementia. Great acting job in ‘Ordinary People’. And many other roles.

  2. My brother and I used to sing “The Bonnie Blue Flag” when we were in 8th and 9th grade in Mobile. Good catchy tune.
    In the wake of recent events I’ve thought why not substitute the Bonnie Blue flag for the Stars and Bars by those who want to honor their Southern or Virginia heritage and their ancestors’ sacrifice instead of the Stars and Bars battle flag?
    Unfortunately, the Bonnie Blue would soon become a bone of contention. Before the mess this summer one rebel flag noted displayed on a front porch on a rural county road. Since then many a Stars and Bars bumper sticker or flag is seen. There are even cakes with flags now for sale. Not because people are racist but because they don’t want to be told what to do. They don’t want someone telling them what they are thinking or feel. They don’t want their family history forgotten. As Come Heres we know locals from all walks of life whose families settled in the county circa late 1600s and 1700s and they are darn proud of their adventurous ancestors whether they were landed gentry or indentured servants.

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