SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY [ATLANTA, GA], July 27, 1862, p. 3, c. 4
A Union Flag Displayed in Atlanta.
Quite an excitement was raised in our city yesterday morning, by the display from the window over Hunnicutt & Taylor's of a very large and handsome Lincoln flag. An excited crowd soon collected, and men were hastening along the different streets in that direction.--Some one came into our sanctum, and, with considerable emotion, told us to look out at the ensign of treason. We looked, and there it was! in full view from our window, spread to the breeze waving to and fro, the beautiful flag of the once powerful and honored, but now broken and disgraced, United States, involved in bankruptcy and steeped in perfidy by the conduct of her rulers, sustained by the indorsement [sic] of a degenerate and wicked people.
At a second look, however, we discovered that the Union of the flag was down. The crowd soon found out that it was a Yankee flag captured at Murfreesboro', and their rising wrath subsided.
We visited the room, and found it to be a magnificent trophy--the flag of the 9th Michigan regiment. It is the largest and handsomest flag we ever saw. It is of the finest silk, the brightest colors, and most tastefully wrought--the stars and the name of the regiment being in the most elegant needle work, and the whole surrounded by the finest silk fringe.
It was brought here by Lt. Robt. Graham, of Capt. Willingham's company, Col. Lawton's Cavalry. He was in the fight at Murfreesboro', and distinguished himself for his conspicuous gallantry. He is now at home, at his father's residence near this city, on sick furlough. We trust he may soon recover.
He brought with him a number of trophies besides the flag, among which are the epaulettes worn by Gen. Duffield, and two captain's swords. One of these swords is specially interesting. It is of the most elegant workmanship and finish. We never saw a service sword that was more beautiful. It had on it this inscription: "Presented to O. C. Rounds, Captain Chandler Guards, 9th regiment, Mich., by his friends of Niles, Mich." Lt. Graham has the honor of taking this Captain prisoner and receiving his sword. He was Provost Marshal of Murfreesboro' at the time. He had got into favor with a Union family at that place and was engaged to be married to a daughter of that family on Sunday night, the 13th inst.; but alas! he was taken prisoner by the rebels early that morning. Instead of enjoying the delights of early wedlock, he is now in prison at Madison, Ga., and his inamorata is disconsolate. We advise her to go to Michigan as speedily as possible. She can meet with her lover and tie the knot when he is exchanged.
Lt. Graham, it seems, found out where the Captain was stopping--at the house of his "new love"--so enamored of her charms that he was not on the look-out for the rebels, and was caught napping. He went to the house and was met by the Captain's intended wife, who, in answer to his inquiries, assured him that Capt. Rounds was not in the house.--Some patriotic Southern ladies, who had at first informed him of the Captain's whereabouts, and were near by looking on, assured him that the Captain was in the house, upon which Lt. Graham walked in and commenced a search. He soon discovered him under the bed; and seizing him by the foot, dragged him out and received from him his sword.
Lt. Graham was with that brave old hero, Capt. Haney, of Floyd county, when he captured Gen. Crittenden.