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Petition of 106 members of Union...
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Petition of 106 members of Union Fire Company No. 1, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 6, 1861

One of the nation’s oldest volunteer fire companies petitioned Congress with this watercolor of the American flag. Likening a civil war to devouring flames, the firefighters implored Congress to pass the Crittenden Compromise or similar legislation to preserve national peace and unity. In the petition they declared their devotion to the welfare of their fellow citizens.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration