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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Border war, as seen and experienced by the inhabitants of Chambersburgh, Pa. (search)
w the savage ventured not too near Its stockade sides, from a wholesome fear Of the bull-dogs laid at rest within, But oping their mouths with a ghastly grin: And how when the governor's mandate came, “Forthwith to deliver up the same,” Old Colonel Chambers bristled with pride, And declared that “the guns should stay by his side, For his guns had stood by him, and he Would stand by his guns, as they should see.” Then followed visions of trouble and strife, Of the tomahawk and the scalping-knifeto shoulder and hand to hand, Marched forth to consecrate the land At liberty's shrine and on freedom's altar; Up to the day when marched the son To end the work the sire begun, And not a man was known to falter. From the fields where Steele and Chambers fought, At the nation's first baptismal, To the gory spot where Easton wrought And died ‘midst the deep swamps dismal; And from where our patriot fathers bled, And their comrades moaning, “dead, dead, dead,” Consigned them to God's own ke