Bygones of Monroe:
The Flag For The 7th Regiment
At the Ladies Aid Society on Tuesday evening the matter of a Battle Flag for the 7th Regiment was taken in hand, and a liberal amount was subscribed for that object. Committees were appointed to canvas the entire City for subscriptions, and the Flag will be ordered at once. The design is not to obtain a national flag (stars and stripes) but a small battle flag of colored silk, with some appropriate design printed on it. We hope a sufficient amount will be subscribed to promote as fine a flag as has ever gone from the State, for certainly no regiment is more deserving than the gallant and veteran Seventh. Their prowess on the field of Fair Oaks, when they met the noted Mississippi Tigers and routed them with great slaughter, and at Antietam, when they again met the same Regiment, this time thoroughly whipping out and annihilating them, and that crowing feat of the remnant of this sturdy band, the crossing at Fredericksburg in pontoon boats, under a grueling fire and in the face of the whole rebel army--these several feats of arms the latter of which especially excited the wonder and admiration of the entire North, and of the rebels themselves as well, certainly entitle the Seventh to all the honor and all the distinction, and all the rewards that an appreciative, thankful and patriotic populace at home can bestow upon them. Our citizens have done well in getting the Seventh the reception they did—a reception equal to any regiment which has returned to the State. Let us now procure a battle flag for this veteran band, which shall not be outdone by any, so that when they again return to the tented fields and the din of battle, they may bear in their hands, as well as in their hearts, the evidence that their valorous deeds are fittingly appreciated by the people who sent them forth to battle.
(Monroe Commercial, January 14, 1864, Page 3, Column 1)