Fac-smile of General John A. Dix's Dispatch

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John Adams Dix, of New York, was appointed Secretary of the Treasury. He sent Mr. Jones to New Orleans with an order to Captain Breshwood, commanding the revenue-cutter at that port, to sail to New York. The captain was a secessionist and proposed to turn the vessel over to the Confederates, whereupon Secretary Dix sent this dispatch: “If any man attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot!”


Charles Carleton Coffin Drum-Beat of the Nation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1915)


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