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A grave in the wood with grass o’er grown, A grave in the heart of his mother, His clay in one lifeless and lone, But his memory lives in the other… Abram Joseph Ryan, OSFS

A little Irishman, Harry McCarty, went over the land singing it, and stirred people as the Frenchman with the Marseillaise hymn. Often I have heard him sing it when thousands of people went wild with excitement and enthusiasm… H. M. Wharton

War songs and poems of the Southern Confederacy, 1861-1865; a collection of the most popular and impressive songs and poems of war times, dear to every southern heart, collected and retold, with personal reminiscences of the war    Edison, Castle Books, 2000 H.M. Wharton United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Poetry Confederate Hardcover. 412 p. front., illus. (incl. music), plates, ports., facsims. 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG   

(The first flag of the South was solid blue with one white star)

We are the band of brothers
And native to the soil,
Fighting for the property
We gained by honest toil;
And when our rights are threatened,
The cry rose near and far—
“Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears the single star!”


Hurrah! Hurrah!
For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears the single star.

Wartime literature has always served as a source of hope and inspiration to all those involved — from the soldiers at the front lines to the families and friends at home. It also tells of the incredible spirit and bravery that carried its soldiers through battle.

Lovingly compiled by a former private in General Lee‘s Army, this treasure trove of war songs and poetry — all of which were composed by soldiers of the Southern Confederacy — shows the passion and conviction of those who lived during and fought in the War for Southern Independence.

Despite the trials and tribulations of the battlefield, the men of the Confederacy maintained their fighting spirit, as evidenced in these ballads, songs, and poems — martial, melancholic, longing, and nostalgic.


Southrons, hear your Country call you!
Up! lest worse than death befall you!
To arms! to arms! to arms! in Dixie!
Lo! all the beacon-fires are lighted
Let all hearts be now united!
To arms! to arms! to arms! in Dixie!
Hurrah! hurrah!
For Dixie’s land we’ll take our stand,
To live and die for Dixie!
To arms, to arms!
And conquer peace for Dixie!
To arms! to arms!
And conquer peace for Dixie!

Wharton, Henry Marvin, clergyman; b. Sept. 11, 1848; d. June 23, 1928; also the author of Pulpit, pew and platform (1890); Picnic in Palestine (1892), War songs and poems of the Southern Confederacy, 1861-1865, 1904, and White blood (1906), Confederate soldier


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