The Sons of Confederate Veterans removed its flag from the Chattooga County courthouse lawn Tuesday night. Commissioner Jason Winters, who allowed members of the local Sons chapter to plant a monument and a flagpole outside the courthouse last year, told the group to take it down after the markers stirred complaints. With Winters’ initial approval, the Sons planned to fly six different flags at different points throughout the year.
But other local leaders and the head of the Georgia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People spoke out against the monument and flags in April, when the Sons flew a battle flag. That emblem is the one most associated with the Confederate Army. It is also the one that Confederate veterans voted to recognize as their official flag after the Civil War. FULL REPORT