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The Old Flag.
Vol. 1. Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas, March 1st, 1864. No. 2
The Old Flag.
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THE FIRST MOVE
At a meeting for the purpose of making arrangements in accordance with a suggestion in the last number of the “OLD FLAG” for celebrating the birth day of the Father of our Country, called to meet on Wednesday, Feb 17th, at 7 o’clock P.M., at as early an hour as 6 ½ o’clock, delegates from the different loyal districts of Texas began to arrive, and at about a quarter past 7 o’clock the hall was [faded text] Patriotic an assembly as the “oldest” inhabitant of our bourrough remembers ever to have seen together in this renowned Hall at any one time _ie_ UNDAUNTED HALL, corner Battery=Place and Shin-bone Alley.
The meeting was called to order by CAPT. S.E. THOMASON and MAJOR R.C. ANTHONY elected to occupy the Chair; which he accepted with a few appropriate remarks upon the objects of the meeting, etc, etc. LT. C.E. PAGE was appointed Secretary; the illumination from the large log-wood fire not being sufficient for the Secretary to take down the minutes, it was suggested by LT. CURTIS someone of us sergt. At arms and go down to MAJ. GRAY’S No. 1 Park Row and procure a candle, which was soon brougth in by LT. E. KERBY, and the meeting proceeded at once to business.
CAPT. THOMASON arose and remarked that LT. COL. A.J.H. DUUANNE would present, in case of a Celebration on the 22nd of Feb. a POEM. A General Committee of 15 was accordingly appointed by the Chair, for the purpose of completing all necessary arrangements: [illegible]:
COL J.S. BURREL, CAPT T.L. SPROTT,/ MAJ. J. GRAY, “. D. Torrey,/ CAPT. S.G. BAILEY, “ J. DILINGHAM/ “ W.P. COE, “A.M. PROCTOR,/ “ A. JOHNSON, “F.W. NOBLETT,/ “S.E. THOMASON, LIEUT. B.F. WRIGHT,/ “U.W. WASHBURN “ COX,/ LT. C.C. MCDOWELL
After the appointing of this Committee, CAPT. J. DILING-HAM desired to know how this Committee were to be sustained Financially; upon which it was decided that a proper Committee should call upon The Public by way of subscription for a Fund sufficient to accomplish all that could be done towards making this celebration a day one to be remembered with pleasure long years after the present struggle for LIBERTY and UNION shall have gone by, and we returned again to the peaceful walks of life! DILINGHAM then moved an adjournment, for the meeting of the Committee immediately
Following. After a vote to that effect had been taken its adjournment was declared by the Chair.
Those of the meeting not belonging to the Committee appointed at once left the hall, with the exception of CAPT. MAY, who remained as Reporter for the “FLAG”.
COL BURREL, who had been sent for as soon as appointed to the Chair, now made his appearance, gave thanks and acknowledged the honor conferred upon him, but thought one of fewer years than himself, whose sands of Life were not nearly run out, might better have been chosen from among so many gentlemen of legal and literary attainments present, of which he possessed none; that he was in favor of the object of keeping up the birth day of the Father of our Country _ and after a few touching remarks on our Homes far away, accepted the position.
CAPT. MAY was then voted Secretary of the Committee.
CAPT. BAILEY introduced a Resolution, appointing a Sub-Committee consisting of THREE, on POEMS and ORATIONS, which was carried; and the Chair appointed CAPT. BAILEY, CAPT. S.E. THOMASON; and CAPT. Johnson. Captain B. then presented a Resolution that another Committee be appointed to attend to the procuring of Vocal and Instrumental Music _ carried, and CAPTAINS COE, WASHBURN, and PROCTOR were appointed. Following which CAPT. THOMASON introduced a Resolution appointing a Committee of Five on TOASTS, Carried and MAJ. CRAY, CAPTAINS TORREY, Dilingham, Baily, and LT. WRIGHT were appointed Cart. S.E.T. now presented a resolution to the effect that a Committee consisting of FIVE be appointed who duty shall be to select the grounds for Spoeke and make such other small arrangements as necessary; and to form the PROGRAMME _ Carried, and Capt. JOHNSON, McDowell, SCOTT, Noblett and LT COX were appointed. Moved by CAPT. BAILEY that the President of the General Committee act as general advisor on all Syb0Committees _ carried. CAPT. DILINGHAM suggested that the Chairmen, COL. BURREL, act as MARSHAL OF THE DAY on the 22nd _ carried unanimously. Here it was moved by CAPT. B’y that the Secretary read the names of the Committees appointed, which was done. In agreement with a motion by CAPT. WASHBURN, the subject of Refreshments was left to the care of the Committee on Toasts.
A resolution introduced by CAPT. BAILEY, that a committee on FINANCE be appointed consisting of THREE, was carried, and MAJ. R. C. ANTHONY, MAJ. J. GRAY, and CAPT. F. W. NOBLETT were appointed thereon; to which the Chairman was afterwards added.
After a short discussion upon various minor topics a Resolution moving an adjournment until FRIDAY EVE’G at 7 o’clock, was made, all sub-committees then to report progress. Carried, and the meeting declared adjourned.
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In accordance with the adjournment of the meeting of the 17th at Undaunted HALL, the committee again met, but adjourned again until the following morning, for the purpose of consulting in the mean time with the COL. Commanding the POST. On the morning of the next day, they again held a brief session, when the improbability of successfully carrying out the Programme of the first meeting became evident; an adjournment followed soon after its organization, to come together again Saturday eve’n’g at 7 o’clock. At that hour the Committee again met, when the Sub-Committee on Refreshments reported it impossible to procure with love or money, the necessary Refreshments. At 10 o’clock A.M. on Monday morning the Committee met for the last time a few pleasant remarks were indulged in, and adjourned SYING.DIE.
At about eleven o’clock A.M. of the 22d of February, the buildings and Streets about FIFTH AVENUE and 42d Street were literally blue with the “Yanks” assembled preparatory to some remarks from LT. COL. J. B. LEAKE, and in anticipation of a treat in the form of an original POEM from LT. COL. A. H. H. DUGANNE.
In the remarks made by LT. COL. LEAKE, was exhibited and communicated through the entire assembly a flow of pure patriotism, and was virtually a powerful appeal to all to imitate the glorious example shown in the life of Gen. GEORGE WASHINGTON: to remain in the hour of trial and darkness to the great cause, firm and true to the principles of the Government and to its administrators – placing faith in the moral power on the side of the Union, for finely complete success, and its restoration more powerful as a Nation than ever before. It was no elaborate and prepared Oration, yet lacked nothing in interest or delivery from the fact of its being extempore.
At the conclusion of this address LT. COL. A. J. H. DUGANNE arose and delivered the following POEM, which was rendered in the most affecting style Any remarks even though we had the room in this number of our paper, were useless to our readers, as the POEM itself aside from the name of its author, is sufficient in it praise.
Who bids me sing? What theme my soul dilates? / A Captive, whispering to its captive mates? / Can Glory’s raptures thrill the fettered thralls, / Whose captured banners droop from TREASONS walls? / Can Valor’s story nerve the shackled hands / Whose broken sword-blades rust in rebel sands / Or lifted, vengeful, threat with cruel strife / Our Country’s Union and our Freedom’s life? / In vain my harp the charms of home would sing / Quick-gathering tears from answering eyelids spring / And all the heart’s deep sorrow, softly stirred, / O’er-whelms our manhood at that one dear word. / Home, where the WIFE sits, numbering, day by day, / The long, long hours that steal her hopes away; / With low-drawn sigh, and voiceless prayer, to wait / The step that comes not to her lonly gate. / Home, where the children, prattling War’s acclaim, / Through mimic trumpets, list their father’s name; / But, wondering, pause, to note with childish fear, / The eyes that watch them, dim with sudden tears; / And, trembling, ask, of lips that must be dumb, / Why mother weeps? Why Father will not come?
Dear home! sweet home! how many a warm heart beats - / How many a lip the loved one’s name repeats, / Where Maine exults on stormy ocean’s brim, / And HAMPSHIRE lifts to Heaven her mountain hymn; / Where MASSACHUSETTS sits, like matron free, / And fair RHODE ISLAND slumbers at her knee; / Where dwells CONNECTICUT, midst emerald vales, / And where MANHATTAN spreads her snowy sails, / And rolls her iron chariot-wheels and shakes / Her golden garners o’er the Northern lakes.
God bless our homes – from East through boundless West - / The hallowed shrines of all the heart loves best! / From blue OHIO to COLORADO’S marge, / And over IOWA’S prairies, green and large, / And where the winding ILLINOIS outflows, / Or INDIANA with silvery harvest glows, / And fair ARKANSAS skirts the INDIAN strand, / And where the red man’s loyal wigwams stand - / There sleep our homes, where tender heart, like cloves, / Brood o’er the memory of their absent loves!
Awake, my Harp! Thy song to Heaven aspires -
May, William H. The Old Flag. (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 2, Ed. 1. Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth312473/. Accessed September 20, 2014.