November 16, 1860
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MORE FLAGS. - The flags are increasing bravely. In fact, so
rapidly have representations of the Palmetto and "Lone Stars"
made their appearance on our thoroughfares, that we have been
unable to keep up with them.
Yesterday morning a new one was raised by the MERCURY. It
consists of a blue ground, with the motto, "Southern
Confederacy," in large letters, and one star for each of the
Southern States. It has attracted universal attention, and is
emblamatical for that for which every true Southern patriot
must earnestly strive.
A handsome flag has been raised on the tower of the South
Carolina Railroad Depot. Three guns were fired in honor of
the occasion. It is a white field, with a Palmetto tree,
surmounted by a single star, the harbinger of the Southern
constellation soon to appear in the political firmament.
The Eagle Fire Company have also "flung to the breeze" a
flag, displaying three large stars, and bearing the motto
Semper Parati (Always Prepared) [Semper Paratus is now the motto for the Coast Guard].
The banner, gotten up by the operatives at the upper work
shops of the South Carolina Railroad, with the sanction of the
company, is worthy of special notice. On the left is a cotton
field, ten bales of cotton are being rolled to a place of
storage by a lively boy. The Palmetto tree is not forgotten,
and next claims attention. It is painted in oil colors on both
sides of the bunting. At the top appears one large star,
representing South Carolina, with a half moon in the centre,
and two stars on each side. On the right is a locomotive with
a train of platform cars loaded with cotton bales, and in the
rear is a train going out loaded with goods for direct Southern
importation. The Palmetto is encircled by a rattlesnake with
twenty-four rattles. The locomotive is named "Line Street,"
the first ever built by the South Carolina Railroad Company,
and bears as her standard the Lone star, the emblem of
separate State action. The banner is eighteen feet wide and
twelve feet in depth, and is surmounted by a blue border four
inches wide. The painting was executed at the Railroad, and
is a neat specimen of ornamental painting. Five painters were
employed, three Germans and two Carolinians.
The banner was raised to its place amidst exulting shouts,
and telling speeches were made by CHARLES W. SIMONS, ALPHONSO
HAMMETT and JAMES L. GANTT.
We notice on Meeting street that Mr. G.F. MARCHANT has flung
out, in front the of the Theatre a beautiful banner composed
of the tri-colors. On the centre, on a white ground, is a
palmetto tree supported by bales of cotton; above the palmetto
is a large bright star, and two stars on the sides; underneath
is the glorious motto, "Dieu et Mon Droit." (FRENCH: God and My Honor or God and My Right). [This motto may be seen on the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston and is UK crest.]
Two flags were raised on Railroad Accommodation Wharf
yesterday afternoon. The ground of these is white, with green
palmettos, and the inscription, "Cotton is King." They were
made by some of the fairest daughters of Carolina.
Messrs. J. CAMPSEN & CO. have thrown a pretty banner to the
breeze, at their hay and grain store, Market street. This
flag is four feet by three and a half, a deep blue color, with
palmetto and four white stars, one in each corner. Above the
palmetto is the motto: "Now or Never." The whole is very
neat, and is the production of Mr. KOCK.
"We can rely on our adopted citizens of Ireland" is the
motto on a flag suspended from the Southern Exchange, Meeting
street, near Market, THOS. FLYNN proprietor. The ground of
the flag is green - the national color of the Green Isle of
Erin - with four stars, representing the States which have
declared for immediate action.
December 7, 1860
The Charleston Mercury
ANOTHER LIBERTY POLE AND BANNER. - At one o'clock yesterday,
Messrs. E. LAFITTE & CO. Erected a handsome flagstaff,
twenty-five feet high on the roof of their office, Savannah
Packet wharf, and unfurled a banner at its summit which has
been universally admired. The flag has a plain white ground -
something like the Hayne and Meeting streets banner - with a
green palmetto in the centre and the lone star in the upper
inner corner. It was saluted by prolonged cheers from the
many friends whom the Messrs. LAFITTE had invited to be
present on the occasion, and also by a volley of cannon, fired
by the redoubtable SMITH, of shark-killing notoriety, and who
proved himself as equally efficient a gunner as a knight of the
hook and line. Five guns were fired off - one for South
Carolina, for Georgia, for Florida, for Alabama and for
Mississippi, and between the intervals of the firing the
enthusiastic spectators renewed the cheering.
Messrs. LAFITTE & CO. Then invited their friends.... where
they were received most cordially by Capt. PECK, and where a
bounteous collation, with the auxiliaries of wine, &c.,
awaited them. As the guests got on board the Cecile, Capt.
PECK hoisted a blood-red banner with a yellow palmetto, which
was received with additional marks of enthusiasm.
Indeed, poles, of late, are multiplying almost as fast as
banners. We notice that Messrs. CHAFEE & KNAUFF, at No. 135
East Bay, have erected from the second story of their store, a
staff, thirty feet in height, and displaying a handsome flag
from the summit. The flag is a red ground, with a yellow
palmetto; in the centre the lone star and a crescent.