The flag, which was carried by the old First Regiment during the
Civil War, was presented to the pupils of the High School on Saturday
night. Originally, the flag was the gift of the girls who attended
the High School in 1861, and who presented it to the regiment as it
left for the front. The same man who then received the colors and
who carried them during the war gave them back on Saturday night to
the successors of the original donors.
The ceremonies took place in the High School auditorium and were
in charge of a joint committee, consisting of representatives of the
First Regiment Veterans' Association and the Board of Education. The
veterans, about thirty strong, marched into the room headed by a drummer.
School Commissioner William A. Clay, as chairman, opened the exercises
with a brief address.
"Old Glory" was sung, after which W. M. Small, of the class
of '98, read an account of the presentation of the flag in 1861. The
flag was then received by Dr. J. J. Craven, surgeon of the regiment,
who in turn handed it to Color Sergeant A. J. Mandeville. The latter
said in part
"It was the proudest day of my life when I received this
honored and sacred emblem into my care. If my love for it could have
been any stronger the source whence it came would have made it dearer.
Since that day the flag has earned a record. It was the first flag
to leave this state for the Civil War, and it was followed by stout
hearts and strong wills. It is not so spick and span now as it was
on that day. The stars and stripes have faded, but the glory is even
greater. It has seen hard service and has shown it, but it is, if
possible with a greater degree of pleasure than I experienced on receiving
it, that I return it."
There was great applause as Sergeant Mandeville unrolled the flag
and held it out to view. Miss Marion Law, of the class of '99 accepted
the banner on behalf of the school. C. S. Stafford sang the "Star
Spangled Banner" the audience joining in the chorus, and James
M Trimble, on behalf of the Alumni Association, presented a case for
the flag to the school. Commissioner Alfred N. Lewis accepted flag
and case on behalf of the Board of Education and Principal Edmund
O. Hovey, as final custodian of both gifts, made an address.
Major A. B. Twitchell took the place of H. B. Smith in telling about
"The Flag of the Sixties" and Rev. Dwight Galloupe spoke
about "The Flag of the Nineties." The singing of "America"
and the beating of tattoo by J. C. Wambold, drum major of the regiment,
brought the exercises to a close. Letters of regret were read from
Governor Voorhees, Congressman Fowler and others.