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Monument to Confederates. 295

P. S. — Upon consultation with Comrades — all present and par- ticipating — Colonel Peters has corrected the above noted flag inci- dent : The flag presented to the First Maryland at Fairfax Sta- tion, Va. — made in Baltimore and brought by the Misses Cary — was the regimental (State) flag, and thereafter was carried until the muster out of the regiment, August 17, 1862 — an ill advised, injust and unfortunate act, done at the War Office, Richmond. The three regulation battle-flags were presented to the three dis- tinguished Generals at Centreville, Va., while the First Maryland was encamped there and were cognizant of what occurred.


To be Erected at Point Lookout, Md., by United States Government — Central Monument with Bronze Tablets.

Graves Cannot be Identified— Special Enactments by Congress.

A large masonry monument is to be erected at Point Lookout, Md., by the United States Government in memory of 3,384 Con- federate soldiers and sailors who died in Northern prisons dur- ing the War' between the States and are now buried in that vicinity.

A contract for the construction of the monument has been let by the War Department, but it could not be built without author- ity from Congress, as the Foraker Act, passed in 1906, providing for the marking of the graves of Confederates who died in North- ern prisons, directed the War Department to erect over every such grave a white marble headstone.

This work has been in progress during the past four years, under the direction, first, of Colonel William Elliott > of South Carolina, the Commissioner for that purpose, appointed in March,