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[Fwd: MIL: Honor to Our Braves (Antietam #9)]

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  • Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 11, 2002
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      > LOUISVILLE DAILY JOURNAL, October 8, 1862.
      > HONOR TO OUR BRAVES. - An officer of Gen. McClellan's staff arrived in
      > Washington yesterday with no less than thirty-nine rebel standards, captured
      > by our army on the field of Antietam. The rebel troops who fought in that
      > battle were no raw levies quick to leave their colors; they were veterans,
      > who had fought in many battles, and had learned, with soldierly spirit, to
      > regard the loss of colors or cannon as a bitter disgrace to a soldier. It
      > was hard fighting which gained for our brave fellows these trophies, wrested
      > from the enemy in the severest struggle of the war.
      > We have reason to feel proud of such tokens of the valor of our
      > soldiers; and the more so when we read in the despatch [sic] of Gen.
      > McClellan that in the same battle where these thirty-nine standards were
      > captured from the enemy, our own brave boys did not lose a stand of colors
      > or a gun. This is the finest record an army can have, because it
      > demonstrated the individual bravery and martial spirit of the men who have
      > learned to regard as the most sacred emblem of their profession the flag
      > which they carry into battle.
      > _ The New York Post, Thursday._
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