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subject of a new flag for the Confederate States (Messrs. Miles of South Carolina, Morton of Florida, Shorter of Alabama, Barton of Georgia, Sparrow of Louisiana, and Harris of Mississippi) was not a unit on the matter of discarding the old flag, as witness this excerpt from their report:
" Whatever attachment may be felt, from association, for the Stars and Stripes (an attachment which your committee may be permitted to say they do not all share), it is manifest that, in inaugurating a new government, we cannot retain the flag of the government from which we have withdrawn, with any propriety, or without encountering very obvious practical difficulties."
The Confederate general, Wm. C. Wick-ham, and Admiral Semmes of the Alabama, openly confessed regret that the old flag needed to be discarded.1 Since that dark time, it is good to remember, North and South have shed their blood together for the " Star-spangled Banner."
1 Preble's " History of the Flag of the United States," p. 508.