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Bygones of Monroe:

Colors For The Smith Guards

The beautiful stand of ‘colors’ which the ladies of the City have procured for presentation to the Smith Guards, are to be presented on Tuesday afternoon next, on the public square, the Company being present in full uniform.  The flag was procured in New York City, and is in size five feet long by three feet nine inches wide.  The material is silk, having upon the blue field 34 golden stars.  Upon the top of the flag staff is mounted a moulten eagle---that bird of lofty bearing which represents the high destinies and aspirations of this great republic.  On the staff are two silver plates, upon one of which are the works “Smith Guards,” and on the other, “Presented by the Ladies of Monroe.”  The flag is a very splendid affair; and those who have been instrumental in procuring it are entitled to praise.

(Monroe Commercial, May 16, 1861, Page 3, Column 1)

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