1887 – Lucius Fairchild Condemns the Return of Captured Confederate Battle Flags

On this date, , former governor of the state publicly condemened the decision to return captured Confederate battle flags to the South. Fairchild fought in the , lost an arm at Gettysburg, and served three terms as governor (1866-1872). In 1887, while serving as national president of the , he learned that intended to return the flags to the South. His curse against Cleveland: “May God palsy the hand that wrote that order! May God palsy the brain that conceived it! May God palsy the tongue that dictated it!” made Fairchild a national sensation, and a hero to outraged Union veterans. [Source: by Sam Ross, p. 206-209]