Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - August 16, 1861

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.

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