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‘ [482] Manassas, the regimental colors resembled each other so closely that each party accused the other of displaying its colors. On that account, an attempt was made by General Joseph E. Johnston to substitute State colors for those of the Confederacy; but not being able to obtain them, except for Virginia regiments, designs were called for. Most of these were designs by Louisianians, and were presented by General Beauregard. That selected had a red ground with a blue diagonal cross.’

Will you do me the favor to inform me who was the designer of the wellknown battle-flag of the Confederacy thus introduced by you, and as much as may be convenient concerning it, and the other designs referred to? I am also very desirous of ascertaining the exact devices of the flag hoisted on the City Hall at New Orleans—the flag of Louisiana, when Farragut appeared before the city, in April, 1862. My impression of it is that it had a blue Union blazoned with a single white star, and that its field was striped horizontally white, red, blue; but I do not recollect the number of the stripes or the order of their arrangement.

The enclosed prospectus will show you why I make these inquiries. I propose giving, as you see, some account of the flags of the Confederacy, and shall illustrate the account with a page giving a colored representation of eighteen varieties of flags. I wish to obtain, for that purpose, a correct drawing of the State flag of Louisiana.

Excuse my trespassing upon you in this matter, and I am

Yours, respectfully,

George Henry Preble, Capt. U. S. Navy.

Manassas, Sept. 5th, 1861.
Dear General,—Colonel Miles informs me that the flag committee voted down any change of our flag by a vote of four to one, he being alone in favor of it. I wrote to him then to propose that we should have two flags—a peace or parade flag, and a war flag, to be used only on the field of battle—but Congress having adjourned, no action will be taken in the matter. How would it do for us to address the War Department on the subject for a supply of regimental, war, or badge flags, made of red with two blue bars crossing each other diagonally, on which shall be introduced the stars—the edge of the flag to be trimmed all around with white, yellow, or gold fringe? We would then, on the field of battle, know our friends from our enemies.

I send you, herewith, a letter written yesterday to General Cooper. It would seem that the small-minded politicians and newsmongers about Richmond cannot understand that we should be able to get along harmoniously together. To prevent any evil consequences resulting therefrom, I thought it better to write said letter to Cooper.

Yours truly,

P. S.—Perhaps the rumor is due to my having sent my ordnance officer to Richmond to hurry up all the artillery and war rocket-batteries he could possibly get. Let us each get all that we can, of both, and then we will see about equalizing


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