john koski is a wealth of knowledge on many topics. if you ever get the chance to have lunch with him, i am sure he would wow you. if there is anybody that knows anything more about the confederate battle flag, i do not know who would be an thank you so much for being with us. it has been a wonderful day and it begs the question, why would the shenandoah valley battlefields foundation host this event? there are other battlefield preservation organizations, national and local organizations that are doing everything they can to run away from this issue. if they are not running away from the issue, they are at least doing everything they can to keep their heads down and keep themselves out of view, lest they become part of the public furor. a good friend of mine, bill brown, who is with us today, came up to me before the event and gave me a gift. i think i will share it with you now. i think it is very apropos. i will not belabor this but i will take you back to march 5 of 1836. march 5, 1836 in a little mission in southern texas, the ala
john koski. one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. he and i were just commiserating over the fact that it is sometimes very hard to get photographs of people when you are as short as he and i are. and so, we enjoyed getting a picture together up front here. because, it worked out well for both of us. i don't think john is as short as i am. i would not threaten him with that. john is the chief historian at the museum of the confederacy. he earned his ba from mary washington college. his ma and his phd in history from the college of william and mary. and, works summers at -- national military park. the national -- colonial williamsburg foundation. he is the author of several books. most noticeably, the confederate battle flag -- america's most embattled m1. -- the james river squadrons. 150 published essays, articles, and other reviews. if you are an armchair historian, or professional historian, you are more than likely to know his name. that is for sure becky delivered more than 250 public talks, conference papers, and panel discussio
. >> up next, american civil war museum historian, john koski, talks about the history of the confederate battle flag, and how it's perception has changed in the years since the war. mr. koski also looks at how the battle fike has been used overtime, including a pop culture and advertising. this hour-long talk was part of a conference on confederate icons, hosted by the shenandoah battlefield foundation. >>> without further ado, i would like to introduce our next speaker, mr. john koi.
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