What do July 4 and the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America have in common? George Washington, the father of our country.
Google the Great Seal of the Confederacy and see the picture of it showing George Washington on horseback in the center of the seal, in the same position as the 1858 stature of him, adjacent to the Confederate Capitol in Richmond.
Washington was the model for the Confederate Government. Because he had secured American independence, the Confederates used him as the symbol for the independence of the American South, as they sought to forge a new nation.
Washington is surrounded by a wreath of wheat, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice and sugar cane, the products of the southern states. The outer band of the seal has the words”The Confederate States of America, 22 February 1862″ and the national motto, Deo Vindice, meaning “Under God” or “With God as our Champion”.
The date is significant because on Feb. 22, 1862 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated after the general election. Feb. 22 is also the date of George Washington’s birthday. Happy 4th of July to all our readers!