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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1. 4 0 Browse Search
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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Virginia scenes in 1861. (search)
of army favor. We were sitting outside a tent in the warm starlight of an early autumn night, when music was proposed. At once we struck up Randall's verses to the tune of the old college song, Lauriger Horatius,--a young lady of the party, Jennie Cary, of Baltimore, having recently set them to this music before leaving home to share the fortunes of the Confederacy. All joined in the ringing chorus; and, when we finished, a burst of applause came from some soldiers listening in the darknessher songs sung that evening, which afterward had a great vogue, were one beginning By blue Patapsco's billowy dash, and The years glide slowly by, Lorena. Another incident of note, during the autumn of ‘61, was that to my cousins, Hetty and Jennie Cary, and to me was intrusted the making of the first three battle-flags of the Confederacy. They were jaunty squares of scarlet crossed with dark blue edged with white, the cross bearing stars to indicate the number of the seceded States. We set
ill. "Not so fast," said the Major of the First Maryland, as soon as the cheering ceased, "not so fast," said he, putting his hand on the shoulder of the excited Lieutenant, "it was not Miss Hattie, but her sister." "Three cheers, then, for Miss Jennie Cary," cried the Lieutenant. Of course they were heartily given. When the sound died away into perfect silence, and the audience, now comprising most of the regiment, awaited General Beauregard's further remarks with rapt attention, he continued. "Yes, it was made by Miss Jennie Cary, and when she presented it to me, I promised her on the honor of a gentleman that I would, with my own hands, plant it upon the Washington Monument in Baltimore." This assurance of a triumphant return to their city, coming from the lips of the Commanding General, and while their hearts are still softened by the tender strains of their chosen song of love and lamentation, produced an effect on the Marylanders which it is impossible to describe. They