Presentation of a flag.
[published by Request.]
Cavalry Camp, Ashland, July 15.
To the Ladies of Lunenburg:
I received yesterday, through the hands of Miss Fanny Johns
, now on a visit to her brother at this place, your beautiful present.
This flag, gotten up in such handsome style, now fresh from the hands of the artist, is properly appreciated by every member of the Troop; and in their behalf I return our grateful acknowledgements, not only for the flag and its beautiful device--‘"God Protect the Right"’--but for the many acts of kindness bestowed upon us while at home, in equipping us for the tented field.
Be assured that we will cherish with delight these many evidences of your kindness, and that the flag, with its bright colors and beautiful motto, shall be unfurled to inspire not only us, but every patriot soldier, to the proper discharge of every duty, both in the camp and field.
Wherever we may be called, this flag shall wave over our heads; and if a single man survives to bear it aloft, it shall be returned to the ladies of Lunenburg
, though it be riddled by a thousand balls.
It shall not be tarnished by dishonor; for there is not a member of the corps who would not prefer a thousand times to make it his winding sheet, rather than have it stained by dishonor.
We hope, ladies, at no distant day, to return to our homes and thank you in person for this flag, with our rights acknowledged, our cause vindicated, and our flag triumphant.
For your health and happiness, you have our kindest and best wishes.
W. H. Hatchet,
of Stockdell Troop.