Along with Rosser's intemperate speech he press was given a chance when several "young men" climbed atop a statue of George Washington and placed a Confederate Flag (unknown which one) in the founding father's hands. They were roundly chastised by several of the old greybacks in the crowd, but no one took down the flag. The adornment of Washington's statue with a banner of rebellion created quite a stir with the old veterans of the Union armies and the Northern public in general. The image of the father of the United States holding the symbol of a rebellion aimed at undoing the United States did not play well in most of the nation. The Union veterans too wished to put the divisions of the war behind, but many considered that the romanticization of the "Lost Cause" would be an albatross around the nation for years to come if the old fellows couldn't nip it in the bud. Perhaps they were right. Watch for more blogs on this issue in the future.
The above newspaper clipping is from The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, May 30, 1890.