GENERAL SCOTT AND THE STARS AND STRIPES
BY E. D. TOWNSEND (ADAPTED)
ONE day, as the general was sitting at his table in the
office, the messenger announced that a
 person desired to see him a moment in order to present a
A German was introduced, who said that he was commissioned
by a house in New York to present General Scott with a small
silk banner. It was very handsome, of the size of a
regimental flag, and was made of a single piece of silk
stamped with the Stars and Stripes of the proper colors.
The German said that the manufacturers who had sent the
banner, wished to express thus the great respect they felt
for General Scott, and their sense of his importance to the
country in that perilous time.
The general was highly pleased, and, in accepting the gift,
assured the donors that the flag should hang in his room
wherever he went, and enshroud him when he died.
As soon as the man was gone, the general desired that the
stars might be counted to see if all the States were
represented. They were all there.
The flag was then draped between the windows over the couch
where the general frequently reclined for rest during the
day. It went with him in his berth when he sailed for
Europe, after his retirement, and enveloped his coffin when
he was interred at West Point.