- From every yardarm the white ensign flew, the flag which is to the sailor as the tattered colors were in days of old to a hard- pressed regiment. - "America's War for Humanity", Thomas Herbert Russell.
- They were good men but as little at home on horseback as a lands- man upon a yardarm. - "The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry", Samuel H. Fletcher.
- " And tell him, sir," he said to Stuart, " that if I'd had my way I'd have strung every man of them up to the yardarm, and if they ever come back that's what they may expect, and I'll be delighted to have a hand in it." - "White Fire", John Oxenham.