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OF THE

FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES

OF

A MERICA,

AND OF THE

NAVAL AND YACHT-CLUB SIGNALS, SEALS, AND ARMS,
AND PRINCIPAL NATIONAL SONGS OF

THE UNITED STATES,

With a Chronicle

OF

THE SYMBOLS, STANDARDS, BANNERS, AND FLAGS OF

ANCIENT AND MODERN NATIONS.

BY

GEO. HENRY PREBLE,

REAR-ADMIRAL U. S. N.

SECOND REVISED EDITION.

Ellustrated with Ten Colored Plates, Two Hundred Engravings on Wood,

and Maps and Autographies.

BOSTON:

A. WILLIAMS AND COMPANY,

283 WASHINGTON STREET.

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Subscriber's Copy.

UNIVERSITY PRESS:
Joix WILSOX AND SOX, CAMBRIDGE.

"Dot to the Living, but to the Dead."

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED

TO THE

MEMORY OF THOSE GALLANT SPIRITS

WHO, BY LAND OR SEA, HAVE FOUGHT,

CONQUERED,

OR

Fallen in Defence

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THE BANNER WHICH IT COMMEMORATES.

“This is a maxim which I have received by hereditary tradition, not only from my father, but also from my grandfather and his ancestors, that, after what I owe to God, nothing should be more dear or sacred than the love and respect I owe to my country.” – DETH00.

“Land of my birth ! thy glorious stars

Float over shore and sea,
Made sacred by a thousand scars

They were not born to flee ;
Oh may that flag for ever wave
Where dwell the patriot and the brave,

Till all the earth be free:
Yet still the shrine be here, as now,
Where freeman, pilgrim-like, shall bow."

“There is the national flag! He must be cold, Indeed, who can look upon its folds rippling in the breeze without pride of country. If he be in a foreign land, the flag is companionship, and country itself, with all its endearments. Who, as he sees it, can think of a State merely? Whose eye, once fastened upon its radiant trophies, can fail to recognize the image of the whole nation ? It has been called 'a floating piece of poetry; ' and yet I know not if it have any intrinsic beauty beyond other ensigns. Its highest beauty is in what it symbolizes. It is because it represents all, that all gaze at it with delight and reverence. It is a piece of bunting lifted in the air ; but it speaks sublimely, and every part has a voice. Its stripes of alternate red and white proclaim the original union of thirteen States to maintain the Declaration of Independence. Its stars, white on a field of blue, proclaim that union of States constituting our national constellation wbich receives a new star with every new State. The two together signify union, past and present. The very colors have a language which was officially recognized by our fathers. White is for purity ; red, for valor ; blue, for justice; and all together – bunting, stripes, stars, and colors, blazing in the sky-make the flag of our country, to be cherished by all our hearts, to be upheld by all our bands." – CHARLES SUMNER.

“I have seen the glories of art and architecture, and mountain and river; I have seen the sunset on Jungfrau, and the full moon rise over Mont Blanc; but the fairest vision on which these eyes ever looked was the flag of my country in a foreign land. Beautiful as a flower to those who love it, terrible as a meteor to those who hate, it is the symbol of the power and glory, and the honor of fifty millions of Americans.” - GEORGE F. HOAR. 1878.

"Up many a fortress wall

They charged, those boys in blue;
'Mid surging smoke and volleyed ball,
The bravest were the first to fall,

To fall for me and you!
Our brothers mustered by our side,
They marched and fought and nobly died

For me and you!
Good friend, for me and you."

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