[LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS
ARKANSAS TRUE DEMOCRAT, January 2, 1862, p.
2, c. 1
The Close of the Year.—The old year—time—decay—rapid
changes—retrospect—solemn thoughts—departed friends—gallant
dead—vain regrets—cherished memories. War—prospects last
spring and now—contrasts—the old union—Ilium
fuil—the future—independence, our own stout hearts and strong
arms—liberty or death—freedom or annihilation—rich and powerful
republic—career of unexampled prosperity and priceless heritage of
liberty bequeathed to our descendants.
We had intended to follow the immemorial custom of editors and write
an article on the above theme, but the imp of the office called for
copy and announced that the paper would go to press before we could
do more than write down the skeleton of the article. As
mothers, in Christmas times, to call forth the taste and sewing
abilities of their daughters, give them an undressed doll, which
they may dress to their tastes, so we present our readers with our
skeleton article, to fill up to please themselves.
[LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS
TRUE DEMOCRAT, January 2, 1862, p. 2, c. 4
More About Flags.
Martin of this city has shown us a drawing
of a flag designed by him, which keeps prominent the characteristics
of "the sun flag" of the Richmond Dispatch and avoids the
objectionable features of a bar sinister and lines that may be made
horizontal in a change of the position of the flag by the wind.
Martin's flag a sun is in the center; this
is surrounded by a circle of blue which reaches to the top and
bottom of the flag. Outside of this there are two curves or
crescents, part of a regular circle of white, and outside of the
white, the flag is filled with red. This gives each end and
corner a red, which is easily distinguished, and the whole affair is
simple and tasteful.
Our fellow citizen,
also sends us a design, accompanied by a note, which we publish
below. It is somewhat difficult to describe
Anthony's flag. At a point
midway between the upper and lower left hand corners lines are drawn
nearly to the upper and lower right hand corners. This divides
the flag in three unequal triangles. The upper one is colored
blue; the lower one is green, and the middle triangle, with its
point towards the flag staff remains white. On the base of
this white triangle that is on the end of the flag farthest from the
staff, is a narrow perpendicular stripe of red. On the white
triangle the sun and thirteen stars are represented.
note will further explain the design:
Sir: I see in your issue of yesterday two articles in regard
to the flag of the Confederacy, and numerous propositions to change
Herewith please find a rude and hastily drawn and colored flag,
which I have devised, almost without reflection, the ideas of which,
however, are in part suggested by those articles.
Above, a blue sky; beneath, the green earth; the centre designed to
represent a pure and virtuous people;--The sun, emblematic of the
Confederacy; the stars of the States; the red band, of a sea of
blood from which they emerge.
I pretend to but little knowledge of heraldry, and had no regard to
it in grouping the emblems.
Your friend etc. P.
TRUE DEMOCRAT, January 9, 1862, p. 2, c. 4
Our Correspondents.—We are in receipt of many letters from our
friends in the different camps, which we do not publish for several
reasons. The primary one is want of space. In many
instances, the matter in the letters has already been anticipated by
others and it would be useless to republish it. There is a
great complaint of want of clothing, and the soldiers say that the
State agreed to furnish them clothing, thus cutting them off from
obtaining it from the Confederacy, or commutation in lieu of it.
A soldier in writing to us from Island No. 10, on Christmas eve,
says the 11th
regiment has been out nearly six months and has no guns yet.
The pay-master, he says, came up but he had bills against the
regiment for clothing and blankets exceeding the amount of pay due,
and it is so arranged that the soldiers cannot get commutation for
the clothing. He pertinently asks what
wants with men when she sends a regiment off without providing them
arms. In the course of a long letter from
Kellough, of the artillery
volunteers, occurs the following:
"It is a gallant spectacle. The long lines of flickering fires
glaring in the night; the tramp of hosts; the neighing of horses;
the clash and gleam of burnished arms; the stalwart soldiers
improvising their simple and hardy fare beside the blaze and long,
moving shadows stretching back from the fires. At the tap of
the drum, all is still, save the call of the sentinel in the
distance, publishing the hours of the night, or, perchance, the
ejaculation of some weary soldier as he dreams of home and the loved
ones there. In dreams, they see the sweet face of a gentle
wife; the soothing voice of a mother is heard or the prattling of
children falls upon the soul and the bold heart of the sleeper
becomes full of tenderness. Yet, let the trumpet or the long
roll call to arms and this sleeping host will arise as one man, with
strong arms and stout hearts to the realities of the march to
victory or death."
We have other letters, some of which have been so long in reaching
us that the matters of which they treat are stale; others that have
been crowded out so long that we are ashamed to publish them.
We are glad to receive letters from the army, and hope our
correspondents will not be offended at the non-appearance of their
letters n print, but continue to keep us posted as to camp affairs.
[LITTLE ROCK] ARKANSAS
TRUE DEMOCRAT, January 9, 1862, p. 3, c. 6
Some of the Yankee correspondents occasionally indulge in sarcastic
descriptions of their own troops, which are highly seasoned with
humor. The correspondent of the New York Mercury thus
described a body of troops which he denominates the "Mackerel
The review of seventy thousand troops near Munson's Hill, on
Thursday, was one of those stirring events my boy, which we have
been upon the eve of for the past year. A new cavalry company,
the Mackerel Brigade, excited great attention as it went past, and I
understand the President said that with the exception of the men and
horses it was one of the finest mobs he ever saw. The horses
are a new pattern fluted sides, polished knobs on the haunches, and
a hand rail all the way down the back. A rebel caught sight of
one of these fine animals the other day, and immediately fainted.
It was afterwards ascertained that he owned a field of oats in the
TRUE DEMOCRAT, January 16, 1862, p. 2, c. 6
Another Design for a Flag.—Mr.
Hicks, of White county, has sent us
the drawing of a flag designed by him. It is nearly square.
From one of the lower corners a half circle is drawn ending at the
opposite lower corner. All above this line is a blue ground on
which thirteen stars are arranged in the form of a pyramid.
Adjoining the blue is a belt or semicircular band of red. This
leaves a hemisphere of white in the lower part of the flag, on which
a sun is emblazoned. It is a novel design and must be seen to
be appreciated. The effect is very pleasing. The letter
Hicks will explain in full:
Jan'y 6, 1862.
Editor True Democrat—
I enclose you my design for a Confederate flag, which I hope you
will notice as you may deem it merits.
In this flag the three colors "Red, White
and Blue" are retained as they surely should be, as each has a
significance now. The stars on the blue ground represent the
States and arranged in pyramidal form an indication of strength and
permanency. They also rest on the arch. The arch or bow
is indication of strength and also denotes a perfect structure.
This refers also to the bow of promise after the deluge of abolition
fanaticism which destroyed the old union. May our sunny South
never again be visited by such a curse. The sun denotes our
rising glory, also our sunny South. The white ground
indicative of that purity which should characterize us as a people.
This flag bears no resemblance to the old one. It is easily
distinguished amidst dust and smoke and at a distance.
I do not think the colors should be surrendered by us. They
may be arranged so as to bear no resemblance whatever to the flag of
any other nation.
Very respectfully, Will. Hicks.