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dered by thirty-four red stars-the number of States then in the Union--each star bearing the abbreviated name of a State. At the left end of the envelope hovers an eagle holding a shield and streamer, with this motto, Love one another. Another one bears a representation of the earth in space, with United States marked on it in large letters, and the American eagle above it. Enclosing all is the inscription, What God has joined, let no man put asunder. A third has a medallion portrait of Washington, under which is, A Southern man with Union Principles. A fourth displays a man sitting among money-bags, on horseback, and driving at headlong speed. Underneath is the inscription, Floyd off for the South. All that the Seceding States ask is to be let alone. Another has a negro standing grinning, a hoe in his hand. He is represented as saying, Massa can't have dis chile, dat's what's de matter ; and beneath is the title, The latest contraband of war. Then there are many bearing the p
ents now appearing, Victory is nigh. Yes, there were flags in the army which talked for the soldiers, and I cannot furnish a more entertaining chapter than one which will describe how they did it, when they did it, and what they did it for. True, of the flags used in the service told stories of their own. What more eloquent than Old glory, with its thirteen stripes, reminding us of our small beginning as a nation, its blue field, originally occupied by the cross of the English flag when Washington first gave it to the breeze in Cambridge, but replaced later by a cluster of stars, which keep a tally of the number of States in the Union! What wealth of history its subsequent career as the national emblem suggests, making it almost vocal with speech! The corps, division, and brigade flags, too, told a little story of their own, in a manner already described. But there were other flags, whose sole business it was to talk to one another, and the stories they told were immediately writ