There are at least three flags in this photo. One has to look closely, but slightly above and right of center in this old ambrotype is the US flag, appropriately faded and almost ghost-like, but nonetheless emblematic and proudly waving, the tattered emblem of a sorely tested Union, tested still, but waving nonetheless. One can’t but wonder how anyone familiar with the cost and sacrifice of establishing and sustaining this remarkable Union could boldly claim citizenship and even go as far as to feign patriotism, and then openly support secession of a single state. But then, even the strongest of fabrics are susceptible to fringe. One can only hope they won’t destroy the fabric.