Letter presenting a flag from the Loyal Ladies of the Louisville Soldiers Association to the 2nd regiment – February 17, 1862
Letter from Nannette B. Smith, President of the Loyal Ladies of the Louisville Soldiers Association, to Colonel Horatio P. Van Cleve accompanying a flag made by the ladies for the 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment. The flag was featured in the Daybook on February 3rd.
“Louisville Ky Feb 17th 1862
To Col Van Cleve 2nd Minnesota Regt
Sir I transmit to you a Flag to be presented in the name of the Loyal Ladies of the Louisville Soldiers Association, to your Regiment, designed to commemorate the battle of Mill Spring 19th January, and as a testimonial of our appreciation of the participation of yourself and those under your command in the glorious victory of that day.
Each Regiment is equally entitled to like honor; but the gallant conduct of those who come from a distant State to unite in subduing our rebel invaders excite the warmest emotions of our hearts.
I offer to you our congratulations and my individual acknowledgements of the important service rendered to our State by your command.
Very Respectfully Nannette B. Smith Prest L.S.R.A.”
Citation: February 17, 1862 Letter from Nannette B. Smith to Colonel Horatio Van Cleve; forwarded to Governor Ramsey. Letters Received–2nd Regiment. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.