March 20, 1861: Divided opinion in Texas over the flag

Confederate Flag

Dallas Herald of March 20, 1861 wrote approvingly of the new Confederate Flag:

DALLAS HERALD, March 20, 1861, p. 2, c. 4
                The Flag of the Confederate State.—Mr. Howard, of the firm of Howard & Buchardt, showed us this morning a neat silken model of the Flag of the Confederate States of America, originated by the Congressional Committee, and adopted unanimously.  It is as follows:

                Blue union, with seven white stars; three horizontal stripes, red, white and red.  The first red and white extending from the union to the end of the flag, and the lower red stripe extending the whole length of the flag, occupying the whole space below the union.  The stripes are all of equal width.

                The new flag was hoisted on the Capitol of Montgomery, on the 4th inst.—Galveston News. 

Meanwhile, in San Antonio, the Alamo Express was not so happy with the new flag on the same date:

            The brave men who went to take charge of Forts Clark and Duncan found it convenient to take advantage of the war times to forage upon the poor people along the route, by killing their hogs, &c. 

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            On Tuesday last a salute of seven guns were fired and the flag of the Southern Confederacy was hoisted over the Alamo.  We advise these brave flag-raisers to look sharp or the ghosts of Crocket and Travis will haunt them. 

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