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101. Sumter.

by Ike.
Sixty men in Sumter,
     Fearless hearts and true,
Stood with lighted matches:--
     How the hot shots thumped her!
How the bomb-shells flew!
     Twice five thousand traitors
Poured their vengeance out,
     Maddened by their leaders--
And the Union-haters
     Raised a mighty shout;
For the flames were curling
     Round that little band,
Who, with heads uncovered,
     Sent their missiles whirling
Toward the treacherous land.
     Still the fiery question
Iron lips propose--
     “Will you now surrender?”
Then, from port and bastion,
     Came the thunderous “Noes!”
You all know the story--
     How at last a band
Left that smouldering fortress,
     Crowned with wreaths of glory,
Honored by the land;
     How the rebel gunners
Slept beside their guns,
     Never more to waken,
Red with bloody honors,
     Treason's darling sons.

--New Haven Palladium, May 8.

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