A FLAG INCIDENT
BY M. M. THOMAS (ADAPTED)
WHEN marching to Chattanooga the corps had reached a little
wooded valley between the mountains. The colonel, with
others, rode ahead, and, striking into a bypath, suddenly
came upon a secluded little cabin surrounded by a patch of
At the door an old woman, eighty years of age, was
supporting herself on a crutch. As they rode
 up she asked if they were "Yankees," and upon their replying
that they were, she said: "Have you got the Stars and
Stripes with you? My father fought the Tories in the
Revolution, and my old eyes ache for a sight of the true
flag before I die."
To gratify her the colonel sent to have the colors brought
that way. When they were unfurled and planted before her
door, she passed her trembling hands over them and held them
close to her eyes that she might view the stars once more.
When the band gave her "Yankee Doodle," and the
"'Star-Spangled Banner," she sobbed like a child, as did her
daughter, a woman of fifty, while her three little
grandchildren gazed in wonder.
They were Eastern people, who had gone to New Orleans to try
to improve their condition. Not being successful, they had
moved from place to place to better themselves, until
finally they had settled on this spot, the husband having
taken several acres of land here for a debt.
Then the war burst upon them. The man fled to the mountains
to avoid the conscription, and they knew not whether he was
alive or dead. They had managed to support life, but were so
retired that they saw very few people.
Leaving them food and supplies, the colonel and the corps
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