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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 12, 1861

Flags Raised and Presented in Augusta

The Daily Constitutionalist of Augusta published two instances of flags being raised and presented in the city.

Flag Raising. A handsome flag, of the Confederate States, was raised over the Georgia Railroad Machine Works yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock. It was gotten up for the purpose by the employees of the shop, and was raised to its position by the master mechanic, Mr. Hardman. A speech was made by Mr. B. Walker, which was loudly cheered; and a salute was fired in honor of the occasion, with Mr. Philpot’s steamboat battery.
Flag Presentation. A banner was presented to the Edgefield Rangers at Beach Island yesterday, and was the occasion of some very agreeable exercises. The presentation speech was made by Mr. Wm. Atkinson, of Beach Island. There was also a fine barbecue, at which several speeches were made, and a number of good things, of course, were said, and many more ate…