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Pa. lawmaker objects to Confederate flag in reenactments

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2016 9:14 AM
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Re-enactor Don McVicker from Mount Holly holds a Confederate battle flag Saturday March 5, 2016, during the inaugural Confederate Flag Day at the Eternal Peace Light Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park.   Shane Dunlap, The Evening Sun

(Gettysburg) -- A state lawmaker who got a Confederate battle flag removed from the state Capitol would like to see them removed from Civil War battle reenactments, like the ones being held in Gettysburg this weekend.

Democratic state Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown of Philadelphia, tells WHTM-TV she's "been to a lot of re-enacting and the re-enacting does not tell the stories accurately.''

But Representative Dan Moul, a Republican who represents Adams County, says it doesn't make sense to not use the Confederate flag when re-enacting battles like Gettysburg's.

The 153rd anniversary of that pivotal Civil War battle is being celebrated this weekend.

Moul says, "I'm not so sure that trying to rewrite history is where we want to go'' adding, "Are we going to take all the Confederate soldiers off the battlefield and just have the re-enactment one-sided?''

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