. . . presented to them by the ladies of Lafayette, and borne through its campaign in Western Virginia without the least injury, was so completely riddled by the leaden hail of balls at the battle of Mill Spring that it looked like a number of pieces of ribbon fastened to a staff. For more than one hour it was streaming to the breeze amid that terrible fire, and but one person of the color guard was injured, which shows that the rebels elevated their pieces too high for affective aim.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2