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The Daily Dispatch: may 23, 1861., [Electronic resource], Extra session of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. (search)
The spirit of '76--the Old rifleman. We are indebted to gentleman of Columbus, Ga., for the following lines, by Frank Ticknor, M. D., of that city, which has the ring of the true metal. Every old Virginia rifleman, and every descendant of a Virginia rifleman, of '76, should take down his old gun, and talk to her as our Georgia friend does to "Old Bess:" The Old Ben. Now bring me out my buck-skin suit! My pouch and powder, too! We'll see if seventy-six can shoot As sixteen used to do. Old Bess! we've kept our barrels bright! Our trigger quiet and true! As far, if not as fine a sight, As long ago, we drew! And pick me out a trusty flint! A real white and blue. Perhaps I will win the other tint. Before the hunt is through! Give boys your braze percussion caps! Old "shut pan" suits as well! There's something in the sparks; perhaps There's something in the smell! We've seen the red-coat Briton bleed! The red-skin indian, too! We never though