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The National Music of America. 243
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it is manifest that, in inaugurating a new government, we cannot retain the flag of the govern­ment from which we have withdrawn, with any pro­priety, or without encountering very obvious practical difficulties."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.
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