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l is rising heavenward, to hear when Jordan roll. O my brother! sitting on the tree of life, To hear when Jordan roll, etc. Sister Mary, sitting on the tree of life, To hear when Jordan Roll, etc. The verses vary only in the recitative. If Mr. Jones is a visitor, he will hear, Mr. Jones is sitting on the tree of life. All of the persons present are introduced to the tree of life — Nancy, James, and Sancho. There is no pause; before the last roll is ended, the one giving the recitative plMr. Jones is sitting on the tree of life. All of the persons present are introduced to the tree of life — Nancy, James, and Sancho. There is no pause; before the last roll is ended, the one giving the recitative places another brother or sister on the tree, and then Jordan rolls again. It is a continuous refrain, till all have had their turn upon the tree. A weird plantation refrain in a minor key is, Down in the lonesome Valley. This has also a recitative and chorus: My sister don't you want to get religion? Go down in the lonesome valley, Go down in the lonesome valley, Go down in the lonesome valley, my Lord, To meet my Jesus there. As the song goes on the enthusiasm rises. They sing louder
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)
t again the rumor is borne on the breeze, (We often before had rumors like these,) That Lee is moving, intent on invasion. But we heeded it not until it was clear That Jenkins had come unpleasantly near, And Lee himself would surely be here Before his head had many more days on. Then away the “prominent citizens” hurried, Excited, frightened, flustered, flurried, In wagons, carriages, sulkies, carts, On horseback, “on foot,” by all manner of arts And devices; And all kinds of people — Smith, Jones, Roberts, Robinson, Brown, and Bones, And the Rices. While away in advance of the headlong race, Was a carriage that looked like R----n's, Which seemed “like he gwine to leab de place,” Through fear of the mighty Jenkins. ‘Mid shriek, and yell, and cry, and shout, And peals of wicked laughter, On, hurried on, the rabble rout, With Milroy's wagons after. Pell-mell, Helter-skelter, Hurry-skurry, Toss and tumble, Roll and rumble, And dust to make us blind, most; Thus Milroy's trains Ca
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Songs of the rebels: the Florida's Cruise. (search)
plays a deep game; For the hold of that beautiful, mild, peaceful Star Was full of saltpetre, to make powder for war. Of course the best nature could never stand that-- Saltpetre for Boston's a little too fat; So we burnt her and sunk her, she made a great blaze, She's a star now gone down, and we've put out her rays. We next took a schooner well laden with bread-- What the devil got into old Uncle Abe's head? To send us such biscuit is such a fine thing, It sets us all laughing, as we sit and sing. We next took the Lapwing — right stuff in her hold, And that was black diamonds, that people call coal; With that in our bunkers, we'll tell Uncle Sam, That we think his gunboats are not worth a damn. The Mary Jane Colcord to Capetown was bound, We bade her heave to, though, and swing her yards round; And to Davy Jones's locker, without more delay, We sent her afire, and so sailed on our way. Huzza huzza! for the Florida's crew! We'll range with bold Maffit the world through and through
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), U. S. S. Constitution, or old Ironsides, (search)
nd blown up after her people were removed. This exploit of Hull made him the theme of many toasts, songs, and sonnets. One rhymester wrote concerning the capture of the Guerriere: Isaac did so maul and rake her, That the decks of Captain Dacre Were in such a woful pickle, As if Death, with scythe and sickle, With his sling, or with his shaft, Had cut his harvest fore and aft. Thus, in thirty minutes, ended Mischiefs that could not be mended; Masts and yards and ship descended All to Davy Jones's locker— Such a ship, in such a pucker. Hull had seven men killed and seven wounded. Dacres lost seventy men killed and wounded. The news of this victory was received with joy throughout the country. The people of Boston gave Hull and his officers a banquet, at which 600 citizens sat down. The authorities of New York gave him the freedom of the city in a gold box. Congress thanked him and awarded him a gold medal, and appropriated $50,000 to be distributed as prize-money among the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dacres, James Richard, 1788-1828 (search)
Dacres, James Richard, 1788-1828 Naval officer; born in Suffolk, England, Aug. 22, 1788; James Richard Dacres. son of Vice-Admiral Dacres, who was a commander in the battle with Arnold on Lake Champlain in 1776. The son entered the royal navy in 1796, and, being placed in command of the frigate Guerriere in 1811, was sent to fight the Americans. He proudly boasted that he would send the Constitution to Davy Jones's locker when he should be so fortunate as to meet her. She had escaped him in her famous retreat, but willingly met and fought the Guerriere afterwards. Dacres was then captain. He attained the rank of flag-officer in 1838, and in 1845 was vice-admiral and commander-in-chief of the fleet at the Cape of Good Hope. He was presented with a gratuity from the Patriotic fund at Lloyd's, in consideration of his wound. He was married, in 1810, to Arabella Boyd, who died in 1828. He died in Hampshire, England, Dec. 4, 1853. See U. S. S. Constitution (frigate).
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.Affairs near Washington. Fairfax C. H. Aug. 29, 1861. I suppose, from my long silence, you have probably imagined that I was snugly stowed away on a shelf in Uncle Davy Jones' locker or else covered up beneath his green quilt.--Such, however, I am happy to inform you, is not the case so far, but how soon it may be only He who rules all things can tell, as events are taking place here which may bring on an action between the enemy and ourselves at any moment — that is to say, a general action — for our pickets have been in action for several days already, during which some of our own men have been killed and wounded — that is, none of the 1st Regiment, so far as I can learn, have been hurt. Those that were hurt belonging to a Maryland Regiment and the 13th Virginia. How soon it may be the case with the First your correspondent cannot tell, as they left this place, or rather their camp, about 3 o'clock A. M. yesterday morning with the r<
s to have been of the most terrific nature. The prisoners had nothing to eat from Wednesday morning until they reached Fort Macon on Saturday. Three men who had reached the shore, were, from sheer exhaustion, left on the beach and no doubt have since died. The ship had two powerful engines in her, which will be saved, as they are now visible in the water. The prisoners' know nothing of the fate of the rest of the fleet, but express the opinion that many of the vessels have gone to "Davy Jones's Locker, " as the oldest seafaring man amongst them states that he never, in all his life, encountered so terrible a storm. The hand of the Almighty is evidently raised against the Northern vandals. On land and sea disaster after disaster overtakes and overwhelms them. We should not be at all surprised if more than half the vaunted Armada were never heard of until the advent of the day on which all secrets will be disclosed, as the prisoners state that they saw a large number of horses
Torpedoes. We have seen an ingenious contrivance, by a gentleman of this city, which can be constructed at a trifling expense, that deserves the examination of the authorities in the defence of James river. One of these machines can be built at a cost of fifty dollars, and a dozen of them, placed in one of the channels, would send a Yankee fleet in five minutes to Davy Jones's locker. It is important that we should multiply obstructions to the passage of the enemy's gunboats, and any plan that is suggested by a responsible source deserves at least investigation.
prepared for her purposes less than a year ago, and constructed amidst difficulties and embarrassments which few can conceive of. Yet those engaged in her persevered with a determination only equalled by the vast energy with which she was fought, and she has already done her work. She has proved as remarkable a triumph of Southern mechanical skill as of Southern valor, and has inaugurated a system of coast defence which, if vigorously pursued, can do more to break the blockade and rid our coast of a fiendish foe than the combined navies of England and France. Let the South now prepare to dispute in earnest the Northern dominion of our harbors. We must have powerful iron ships hereafter, and they ought to be built without a moment's delay. We must have twenty Virginias. In the meantime, the one we have-- the "Colossus of Roads," as some wit has already dubbed her — can dispose of any Yankee ships and transports that aspire to a sure and speedy descent to Davy Jones's locker.
s who conveyed the last batch of released Yankee prisoners to Old Point and the Federal officers, Captain Rogers war represented to have regarded our river defences with superb indifference, altogether beneath his notice. In his attack upon Drewry's Pluff we fancy that he found the river defences a good deal above his notice and that his "superb indifference" gave place to sundry very lively emotions. His crack vessel, the Galens, came very near being beneath the notice of everybody but Davy Jones, and unders his sell complacency is more invulnerable than his ship, he must be by this time a gadder and perhaps a wiser man From the profound disappointment evinced by the Northern journals over the result of their experiment Drewry's Bluff, it is clear that that expedition was intended as something more than a reconnaissance — that it was a to make Richmond a second edition of New Orleans and either to compel! or to surrender or reduce it to asher. These highly humane and reasona
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