. . . the secessionists of Middletown, Delaware, hoisted a Confederate flag on a pole which had been erected by the Unionists, and that early on the morning of the 4th the “Stars and Bars” were supported by forty rounds by the supports of the Abolition Government. When they discovered their mistake they were so enraged that they immediately hauled down the flag and tore it into shreds, and vigorously applied themselves to washing the pole with soap and water to cleanse it of the polluting effects of the Confederate banner.
– Published in The Daily Rebel, Chattanooga, Tennessee, August 9, 1862, p. 3