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In a defiant New Orleans, a mob tears down a Union flag hoisted over the U.S. Mint

United States Mint, New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1890
04/26/1862
The day before, New Orleans mayor John Monroe had refused to surrender the helpless city to Union Commodore David Farragut's naval forces. Farragut acted with great forebearance but a subordinate the next day ordered a United States flag hoisted over the United States Mint in the city which a mob immediately tore down.  The mob's ringleader, William B. Mumford, was later arrested and hanged for treason on June 7, 1862.   (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Robert Justin Goldstein, ed., Desecrating the American Flag: Key Documents of the Controversy from the Civil War to 1995 (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1996), 1-2.
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