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In Connecticut, Southern students hoist the Palmetto Flag over Yale College's Alumni Hall

Secession Incident, Alumni Hall, Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut, January 20, 1861, artist's impression
01/20/1861
Yale students leaving Sunday morning prayers looked up to see a large "Palmetto Flag" waving from the tower of Alumni Hall, placed there by Southern students. Many called it a worthy riposte to a group of Northern students paying African-American janitors to wear the "secession cockade" the previous week but the more radical Republican students considered it an unbearable insult.  A group of around twenty smashed a door to the tower, climbed up, and removed the banner, cutting it into twenty pieces for souvenirs. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Secession of Yale College," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine, February 2, 1861, p. 173. 
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