Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Diary of Alexander G. Downing: Tuesday, December 24, 1861

We raised a flag pole today and ran up the Stars and Stripes high in the air, amidst cheering and singing the old song, “Columbia.”

“Long may it wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

This afternoon we went over town and compelled all the secessionists to take the oath. Quite a number of the boys are sick with bad colds, the result of the hard exposure coming up on the stock cars the other night.

Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 26

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