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V. REBEL FLAGS CAPTURED.
Washington City, July 7th, 1865.
Sir:--I am instructed by the Secretary of War to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 29th ultimo, requesting that the rebel flags which have been captured by troops from Vermont, during the rebellion, be delivered to that State, to be preserved as trophies.
It is the intention of the Secretary of War to recommend to Congress the enactment of a law which will authorize rebel flags to be delivered to the State authorities, in the manner set forth in your communication, but under existing legislation he is required to keep them in the hands of the Adjutant General of the army.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
C. A. DANA,
Assistant Secretary of War.
PETER T. WASHBURN,
Adjutant & Inspector General,