The Winder cavalry.
The gallant company of Marylanders, commanded by Captain William I. Rasin
, has just been presented with a beautiful flag by the ladies of Kent county, Maryland
, from which county many of the company have come to the Confederate
The flag is a perfect bijou
, almost too fine for our rough-and-ready cavalry.
It displays the old Confederate colors—red
, and red
—dear to the hearts of true Maryland
The union shown on one side the arms of Maryland
; on the other a blue field with eleven golden stars and the legend, ‘Hope is Our Watchword and Truth our Guiding Star.’
It is richly ornamented with bullion fringe and tassels, and bears upon a silver plate on the flagstaff the inscription: ‘Presented to (the Winder cavalry), Company E, First Maryland cavalry, Confederate States of America
, Captain William I. Rasin
commanding, by the ladies of Kent county, Maryland
May its crimson folds burn
fiercely through the storm of battle, till the brave men who bear it can wave it triumphantly over Kent county, Maryland
For over twenty-two years this flag was folded away carefully by one of Virginia
's daughters in Maryland
, and yesterday one of the few survivors of Company E, Corporal George T. Hollyday
, bore its folds proudly aloft through the streets of Richmond
as one of the Maryland
Line here to honor the memory of Virginia
's great soldier, R. E. Lee
To the care and custody of James R. Wheeler
and George T. Hollyday
, both surviving members of this gallant company of Maryland
cavalrymen, this relic of the past, valued beyond all measure, has been intrusted.
This company was engaged in the last charge made by any portion of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse, Sunday, April 9, 1865.