He defended his home state of Virginia, for four years against an invading army!
He had broken no law. Instead he faced overwhelming forces, better armed, and vastly outnumbered! And kept them at bay for four years.
That is something worth honoring! And if "those people" can not understand that concept I do not know what else to say.
The hate groups who have adopted the Battle Flag are out of my control,
but the honor my ancestors deserve for their efforts will not be lost in the mist of time.