Image of letter of famous letter authorizing the shooting of anyone trying to haul down the US Flag. from the Secretary of the Treasury. Reads:Treasury Department January 29, 1861 To Lieut. Caldwell to (anist?) Capt. Bushwood, assume command of the Cutter and obey the order I gave through Jon. Of Clark Breskwood after most undertaking to interfere with the command of the cutter tall Lieut Caldwell to consider him as a mutineer treat him accordingly. May one attempts to have down the American Flag, shoot him on the spot. John Adams Dix Secretary of the Treasury.
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