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In Paducah, Kentucky, Union officers clash over the treatment of a local secessionist

Charles Ferguson Smith, detail
11/25/1861
In Paducah, Kentucky, a resident named Woodful hoisted a Confederate flag over his house as he had done several times before, apparently with the acquiescence of the commanding Union General C. F. Smith.  Officers from Brigadier-General Lew Wallace's Indiana regiments ordered Woodful to remove the flag and hoist the Stars and Stripes instead.  Smith's aides intervened and a scuffle between the officers ensued.  Smith later chose to drop all resulting charges, called for discipline, and laid out the proper treatment of civilians in the area.  (By John Osborne)    
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1862), III: 89.
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