General Scott And The Stars And Stripes

: Good Stories For Great Holidays


One day, as the general was sitting at his table in the office, the

messenger announced that a person desired to see him a moment in order

to present a gift.

A German was introduced, who said that he was commissioned by a house in

New York to present General Scott with a small silk banner. It was very

handsome, of the size of a regimental flag, and was made of a s

piece of silk stamped with the Stars and Stripes of the proper colors.

The German said that the manufacturers who had sent the banner, wished

to express thus the great respect they felt for General Scott, and their

sense of his importance to the country in that perilous time.

The general was highly pleased, and, in accepting the gift, assured

the donors that the flag should hang in his room wherever he went, and

enshroud him when he died.

As soon as the man was gone, the general desired that the stars might be

counted to see if ALL the States were represented. They were ALL there.

The flag was then draped between the windows over the couch where the

general frequently reclined for rest during the day. It went with him in

his berth when he sailed for Europe, after his retirement, and enveloped

his coffin when he was interred at West Point.

(JULY 4)