Saturday, February 16, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - August 21, 1861

Wednesday 21st [August 1861]

The Flag meeting was held yesterday. I was made President. Mrs Hart secretary and Ellen Mercer French wrote the petition to Congress. It is simply and beautifully written. Everyone that has heard it admires it.

An account of the meeting will be published in the papers tomorrow.

A committee was appointed to have the memorial printed with a circular letter addressed to the ladies of the Confederacy asking them to hold similar meetings to petition Congress.

The flag was hoisted over the gentlemen’s reading rooms where we held our meeting and was the admiration of every one.

The battle near Springfield, Missouri was a great victory. About twenty five hundred of the enemy killed and wounded. Hurrah for our side. Hurrah for the right.

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