November 16, 1860
Charleston Mercury

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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.