The Applause Fairly Rent the Sky

The Stars and Bars.

Effect of the News at Richmond.

So soon as the news of the surrender of Fort Sumter reached Richmond a procession of citizens was formed, which marched up Main street, headed by Smith’s Armory Band, and bearing the flag of the Southern Confederacy.

The procession had swelled to about three thousand persons, by the time the column halted at the Tredegar Iron Works, to witness the raising of a large Southern Confederacy flag over the main building of the works, which was done by the employees of the establishment.  Without delay, the flag was hauled up, the band playing the Marsellaise, and cannon (manufactured at the Tredegar for the use of the Confederate Government) thundered a welcome to the banner of the South.


Tredegar Iron Works at Richmond.
The Virginia Capitol, and from 30 May 1861, the Capitol of the Confederate States of America.

The flags were next carried to the Southern portico of the Capitol, where they were displayed amid enthusiastic applause.  A voice then proposed, and a thousand voices instantly re-echoed the proposal, that the Southern flag should be raised on the roof of the Capitol.  An instant rush was made for the stairway, and soon the seven stars and three stripes floated proudly at the head of the large flagstaff over the Hall of the House of Delegates.  The applause fairly rent the sky.

— Richmond Enquirer, 15 April, 1861.

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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