“Greenbacks.”The following was written across the back of one of those bills. Green be thy back upon thee!
Thou pledge of happier days,
When bloody-handed treason
No more its hand shall raise;
But still, from Maine to Texas,
The Stars and Stripes shall wave
O'er the hearts and homes of freemen,
Nor mock one fettered slave.
Pledge — of the people's credit
To carry on the war,
By furnishing the sinews
In a currency at par--
With cash enough left over,
When they've cancelled every note,
To buy half the thrones of Europe,
With the crowns tossed in to boot.
Pledge — to our buried fathers,
That sons of patriot sires,
On Freedom's sacred altars,
Re-light their glorious fires--
That fortune, life, and honor
To our country's cause we give--
Fortune and life may perish,
Yet the Government shall live.
Pledge — to our unborn children,
That, free from blot or stain,
The flag hauled down at Sumter
Shall yet float free again--
And, cleansed from foul dishonor,
And re-baptized in blood,
Wave o'er the land forever,
To Freedom and to God!