Monthly Archives: March 2009

MARCH ALONG.

GEORGE H. BOKER.

SOLDIERS are we from the mountain and valley,
Soldiers are we from the hill and the plain;
Under the flag of our fathers we rally;
Death, for its sake, is but living again.
Then march along, gay and strong,
March to battle with a song
March, march along!

We have a history told of our nation,
We have a name that must never go down;
Heroes achieved it through toil and privation;
Bear it on, bright with its ancient renown!
Then march along, etc.

Who that shall dare say the flag waving o’er us,
Which floated in glory from Texas to Maine,
Must fall, where our ancestors bore it before us
Writes his own fate on the roll of the slain
Then march along, etc.

Look at it, traitors, and blush to behold it!
Quail as it flashes its stars in the sun!
Think you a hand in the nation will fold it,
While there’s a hand that can level a gun?
Then march along, etc.

Carry it onward, till victory earn it
The rights it once owned in the land of the free
Then, in God’s name, in our fury we’ll turn it
Full on the treachery over the sea!
Then march along, etc.

England shall feel what a vengeance the liar
Stores in the bosom he aims to deceive;
England shall feel how God’s truth can inspire;
England shall feel it, but only to grieve.
Then march along, etc.

Peach shall untie us again and forever,
Though thousands lie cold in the graves of these wars;
Those who survive them shall never prove, never,
False to the flag of the stripes and the stars!
Then march along, gay and strong,
March to battle with a song
March, march along!

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WHITTIER AND THE ALABAMA PLANTER.–

He met with an Alabama planter in Boston, who expressed a desire to converse with him, and an interview took place, during which there was a free interchange of views. The planter frankly acknowledged that there was in the South a strong feeling of hate toward the North and Northern men, and they were determined to fight. He explained how this feeling was fostered by the politicians of the South, and how the feelings of the North, were represented there, and stated that almost his sole object in coming to Boston was to ascertain for himself whether the facts were as they had been represented. He was evidently surprised to find the anti-slavery post “so mild mannered a man,” and confessed that, generally, he did not perceive that the feeling of the North toward the South was so bitter and unfriendly as he had been led to expect. He had experienced nothing but civility and courtesy, and admitted that Southerners generally received the same treatment.

Finally, Whittier, after attending him to some of the desirable places of resort, told him that, as he was now here, he might as well see the worst of the anti-slavery phase of Northern fanaticism as the fashionable phrase is, and proposed to visit Garrison. The planter consented, and so they turned their steps to the Liberator office, where they found Garrison, Wendell Phillips, and Fred Douglass, and there they enjoyed a “precious season of conversation.” Would it not have been a sight worth seeing–that conclave in the Liberator office, with Garrison, Whittier, Phillips, Douglass, and the Alabama planter in the fore-ground? The planter went to his home a wiser, and perhaps a sadder man, than he came, and protested that all he could do, while mourning for the condition of the country, was to pray over it. Would that more of the Southern people might come and see for themselves how basely the North had been belied!

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ILLINOIS AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG.–

The part borne in this terrible struggle by the troops of Illinois, is thus described by Colonel William Gamble, who commanded the Eighth Cavalry from that state:–

On the afternoon of the 30th of June the first cavalry brigade of Buford’s division, commanded by Col. W. Gamble, of the Eighth Illinois cavalry, arrived at Gettysburg,–the Eighth Illinois cavalry in front. Col. Gamble received orders to pass through the town on the Cashtown road and select the most eligible line of battle beyond the Seminary that could be found, encamp the brigade and send forward one or two squadrons to find the enemy, and remain on picket to watch the movements of the enemy. These orders were promptly carried out. The squadrons for advanced picket duty were taken from the Eighth Illinois cavalry, who advanced three miles further, found the enemy, remained in front until seven o’clock the next morning, when the enemy commenced advancing in three divisions under Gen. A. P. Hill, and with shell and musketry drove in the squadrons mentioned, and the Eighth Illinois cavalry had the honor of being fired on by the enemy and of returning their fire.

The advance of the enemy was immediately reported to General Meade, the infantry advance being eight miles in our rear were ordered up to support the cavalry.

The cavalry of Buford’s Division was ordered to fight the enemy. I dismounted part of the Eighth Illinois, Eighth New York, and Third Indiana cavalry, in all about 900 men, and ordered them to the front to keep back the enemy as long as possible till our infantry came up to our support. Devin’s brigade of New York cavalry was on our right and Merrit’s brigade of regular cavalry was on our left. We had to fight the whole Army Corps of Gen. A. P. Hill, 25,000 strong, for three and a half hours, from 7 till 10 1/2 A. M., to hold the original line of battle selected by me according to previous orders.

Tidball’s horse battery, A, Second U. S. artillery, was attached to my brigade that day.

The cavalry above mentioned fought Hill’s corps for three and a half hours, on the morning of the 1st of July, and held the original line of battle selected beyond the Seminary, until our infantry came up, with a loss of one hundred and eleven officers and men, killed, wounded, and missing, and fifty-six cavalry horses killed, thirteen artillery horses killed, and fifteen artillerymen killed and wounded. Nothing of this is mentioned in the newspapers or dispatches, but the above are absolute facts, under my own observation.

An hour before dark the rebels outflanked our left; this brigade of cavalry was again ordered to the front, dismounted and fought the rebels on Seminary Ridge, and saved a whole division of our infantry from being surrounded and captured. Nothing of this either is mentioned in the newspapers or dispatches, yet these facts occurred, with the loss of some of our best officers and men.

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WHIPPED AND DEMORALIZED, BUT NOT SCATTERED.–

A soldier of Bates’ division of the confederate army, after the command had run two days from Nashville, had thrown away his gun and accoutrements, and alone in the woods, sat down and commenced thinking–the first chance be had for such a thing. Rolling up his sleeves, and looking at his legs and general physique, he thus gave vent to his feelings. “I am whipped, badly whipped, and somewhat demoralized, but no man can say I am scattered.”

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