l say that its victories were less the reward of Southern than Northern valor?
The blood of our fathers had been shed for it — a Southerner had hymned it in a strain which had become a national anthem; we were as much the original government as the North, and as much entitled to retain the original flag.
So I thought, but others thought differently, and before the infant Confederacy had yet a flag or a government, we belted on our weapons, and gave to the winds of Mississippi the cross of Carolina.
Then the stars and bars became our flag, and waved over the heads of our regiments when we first marched to guard the borders of Virginia.
It retained most of the distinctive features of the old flag, but was still thought to differ from it sufficiently; but the first field of Manassas proved that it was a mistake.
The Union was the same, the colors were all the same; and when the flags drooped ‘round the staff in that sultry July day, it was impossible to distinguish them.
nd that Major A. L. Rogers, of the artillery, though disabled for field duty, is anxious to render such service as he can perform.
He was formerly attached to this army, and was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville.
He is a gallant officer, and if there is any duty he can perform at the stationary batteries in or around Richmond, or in the camps of instruction, I recommend that he be assigned to it.
I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, General.
Lexington, Va., January 6, 1864. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmond, Va.:
Sir — As Major A. L. Rogers, of the artillery corps, is applying for duty, I am glad to bear testimony in behalf of so gallant an officer.
In the spring of 1864 Major Rogers was ordered to report to Lieutenant-General T. J. Jackson for duty, and was assigned as assistant to his aid, Colonel S. Crutchfield, Chief of Artillery.
He performed the most important and gallant service, and was severely wound