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Brigadier-General Charles F. Smith, General Orders No. 36, Paducah, Kentucky, November 27, 1861

Charles Ferguson Smith, detail
In Paducah, Kentucky, two days before, 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 Charles Ferguson Smith. This time, incensed 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 made a measured and intelligent response. Though he considered the incident mutinous, he issued an order that chose to drop all resulting charges, called for discipline and good sense from his troops, and laid out the proper treatment of civilians of Kentucky, which, he said, after all, had chosen to remain in the Union. (By John Osborne)

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