The house of the celebrated, bold-
hearted and out-spoken Parson Brownlow, was, at one time, the only one in
Knoxville over which the Stars and Stripes were floating. According to
arrangement, two armed secessionists went at six o'clock one morning to
summarily haul down said stars and stripes. Miss Brownlow, a brilliant young
lady of twenty-three, saw them on the piazza, and stepped out and demanded
their business. They replied:
"We have come to take down them Stars
She instantly drew a revolver from her
side, and presenting it, saidó
"Go on ! I'm good for one of you, and I
think for both !"
"By the look of that girls eye she'll shoot," one remarked; "I think
we'd better not try it; we'll go back and get more men," said the other.
"Go and get more men," said the noble
lady; "get more men and come and take it down, if you dare!"
They returned with a company of ninety
armed men, and demanded that the flag should be hauled down. But on
discovering that the house was filled with gallant men, armed to their teeth,
who would rather die as dearly as possible than see their country's flag
dishonored, the secessionists retired, much after the fashion of cur-dogs
sideling along with their tails between their hind-legs.