Among our earliest American symbols were the liberty cap, the maypole, the cockade and George Washington on horseback. These same symbols were used by the Confederates. Strange as it may seem, the liberty cap which was imprinted on our first American coin is between the brackets under the eaves of the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery as air vents. (You can see the liberty cap symbol on our website at www.firstwhitehouse.org ) Confederate gentlemen wore cockades on their hats and ladies wore them on their shoulders.
And who is on the Great Confederate Seal? George Washington on horseback! Why horseback? Because it symbolized our Cavalier heritage. Now and then we need to pause and remember that our Confederate ancestors sincerely believed that they were perpetuating the beliefs of their founding fathers and that according to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they had the right to secede.