thinks some of the flags may have reached the department through some other channel. Of the whole number of flags thus sent to the department, 236 were United States flags, captured by the Confederates and recaptured by the Federal troops, and 544 were Confederate flags taken by the United States troops, making a total of 780, in the custody of the department. When received, they were deposited in a vacant attic in a building on Seventeenth street, used by clerks of the adjutant-general's office, and remained there until 1867. In that year the Secretary of War had them taken to the War Department, where a few were placed on the walls, and the remainder laid on shelves or stuffed in pigeon-holes. A portion of the flags were removed to the Winter building and placed on exhibition in the Ordnance Museum in 1784, and others were sent to the same place in 1875. The larger part of the flags still remained in the War Department. In 1882 all the flags, by direction of the Secretary of War, were boxed up and stored in the sub-basement of the department, where they were kept until 1889, when it was found that they were decaying, and the adjutant-general of the army had them removed from the boxes and placed in an upper story, where they could be more readily reached. It has been the practice of the department to return recaptured Union flags to the organizations which lost them, but it has not been the practice to return any Confederate flags to their original owners. During the first administration of Mr. Cleveland the Adjutant-General of the army, R. C. Drum, recommended to the President that the captured flags be returned to the Governors of the States to which the organizations which had lost them belonged. Mr. Cleveland approved this suggestion, and then revoked the order which had been issued on the subject, for the reason that he found he did not have the power to give back the flags without being authorized to do so by act of Congress.
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Remarks of Captain John Lamb on March 24 , 1899 , at Richmond, Virginia , in the Hall of R. E. Lee Camp, no. 1 , C. V. In accepting, on behalf of the Camp , the portrait of General Thomas T. Munford , C. S. Cavalry .
The causes of the war [from the Sunday News , Charleston, S. C. , November 28 , 1897 .]
An able paper read by Julian L. Wells before Camp Moultrie , sons of Confederate Veterans,
Joseph Wheeler .
Parole list of Engineer troops, Army of Northern Virginia , surrendered at Appomattox C. H. , April 9th , 1865 .
Mr. John Witherspoon Dubose Reviews the failure of Confederate diplomacy.
A midnight charge [from the times-dispatch, May 16 , 1904 .]
The battle of Shiloh [from the New Orleans, la, Picayune , Sept. , 25 , 1904 .]
Presentation of the portrait of Lieut.-General Wade Hampton , C. S. Cavalry , [from the times-dispatch, September 16 , 1904 .]
Southern women in the Civil war. [from the New Orleans, la. , Picayune , June 12 , 1904 .]
Address of General Stephen D. Lee , [from the Richmond, Va. , News-leader, June 14 , 1934 .]
The battle of Gettysburg , [from the times-dispatch, April 10 , 1904 .]
Captain John Holmes Smith 's account.
Confederate States ' flags.
The Sixth Corps remote from the. Early morning attack.
Lomaxs Cavalry Division about; and Custer 's and Merritt 's divisions present advance.
The Fredericksburg artillery , Captain Edward S. Marye , [from the times-dispatch, January 8 , 1905 .]
The ironclad ram Virginia - Confederate States Navy, [from the Richmond, Va. , News-leader, April 1 , 1904 .]
Memorial day address by Major Graham Daves , at Raleigh, N. C. , May 10 , 1901 .
Sherman 's expedition from Vicksburg to Meridian , Feb. 3 , to March 6 , 1864 [from the New Orleans, la. , Picayune , July 27 , 1904 .]
The Shenandoah .
Captain James I. Waddell .
Prevarication of General Miles .
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