I originally posted this on the Alabama Message Board as I was thinking that the flag mentioned was being presented to the Waterloo Guards of Waterloo, Alabama. But in re-reading the article it seems that the Guards were the escort of the company from Eastport who got the flag. What I would like to know is what company was this flag for and what regiment did they affiliate with?
From the Florence (AL) Gazette - May 8, 1861:
"At an early hour in the day, a large number of the citizens being called together, the Waterloo Guards, were paraded, and being met on the streets, by the volunteers of Eastport, Mississippi, three cheers were given by the Waterloo Guards for the Eastport company...The companies being seated, Maj. J.H. Witherspoon was called to the chair, and Hiram Richardson, elected secretary."
"A southern flag was then presented, by Miss Sallie Witherspoon and Miss Kate Till, to the Volunteers, which was responded to by three loud cheers." Other stuff took place on April 30, 1861 in Waterloo, Alabama.
Any help is most appreciated.
Thanks in advance,