William Tappan Thompson

American humorist

William Tappan Thompson (31 August 181224 March 1882) was an Ohioan writer and newspaper editor during the 19th century. During the American Civil War, he worked in Georgia as a newspaper editor and supported the Confederacy. After the war ended, he supported the Democratic Party and opposed the Republican Party's civil rights efforts. He died in Georgia in March 1882.

Our higher cause, the cause of a superior race.


  • As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.
  • As a national emblem, it is significant of our higher cause, the cause of a superior race, and a higher civilization contending against ignorance, infidelity, and barbarism. Another merit in the new flag is, that it bears no resemblance to the now infamous banner of the Yankee vandals.