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Last Moments of the 13th GA. Flag.

Description of the last moments of the 13th GA. flag.
Richard

SAVANNAH [GA] REPUBLICAN, October 6, 1862, p. 1, c. 2

Mr. Editor:--A few days since the writer had a long and interesting conversation with an intelligent soldier, wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg. He was a member of the Terrell county company of the 13th Regiment. His narrative was so interesting, and to every appearance so perfectly truthful, that I shall make it the subject of a communication to your paper. . .

He relates a beautiful incident touching the Regimental flag. Three color bearers were shot down--the flag staff had been twice cut, and consisted of three distinct pieces. The last color bearer shot down, still held to the stump of a staff, and turning upon his back held up the flag until it was rescued, but before the succor came a shell burst over him and tore the beautiful folds of the flag into shreds. He said it was the most beautiful flag he had ever seen in the whole army, and was presented to the Regiment by Miss Mollie Long, of Chatham county. Miss Long has had the good fortune to present her flag to a heroic band, and to have it made immortal. . . R.H.C.