Friday [ 16 August 1861]
The girls left this morning. We enjoyed their visit very much, and I think they enjoyed theirs. We have no house servant and cleaned up their room and ours every day.
Papa has proposed that the ladies of Fredericksburg shall hold a meeting and send a petition to Congress for a new flag. He suggests a blue ground with a cross of eleven stars near the staff. This is simple and suitable. We claim to be a people under God’s special protection and providence now and we can call it the “Southern Cross”.
We were busy yesterday afternoon making a model. I think the blue ground is rather dark and incline to a white flag with red stars.