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13. “the red, White, and blue.”

by S. B. S., Co. F, Eleventh Michigan Infantry.
The following lines were suggested by a remark made by a little boy, whose parents reside near Bardstown, Ky., when our troops first made their appearance here. Discovering a beautiful rainbow suspended in the heavens, he ran to his mother, and exclaimed: “Mother, God is a Union man.” His mother questioning him for his reason for thinking so, he replied that he had seen his flag, and it was “Red, White, and blue.”

The traitor Archangel dared first to rebel,
     And drew around him his traitorous crew;
But the flag of the “Union” was straightway unfurled,
     With its glorious old “red, white, and blue;”
When loyalty gathered from heaven's domain,
     And brightened their armor anew;
And the armies of heaven then marshalled their train
     To fight for the “red, white, and blue.”

The order went forth to the white-tented field,
     To banish secession away;
And the fate of “Rebellion” was instantly sealed,
     And “Union” again held the sway.
The arch-chief of traitors was sentenced to reign
     O'er his minions — the misguided few--
And dwell amid darkness, where he never again
     Could behold the “red, white, and blue.”

The first great rebellion that history records,
     Was crushed ere the dawn of its day;
And Satan, its leader, with all of his hordes,
     Was banished from heaven away;
As we are assured, that “God speeds the right,”
     As long as we're loyal and true
To the cause of our country, we'll never lose sight
     Of our banner--“the red, white, and blue.”

I herewith petition the “powers that be,”
     To give Davis and his followers, all,
A deep grave reception — a home quite as free
     As Satan had after his fall.
We're ready, all ready, so pilot us on,
     We are wearied with “nothing to do;”
We are willing to fight till the last battle's won,
     Or die by the “red, white, and blue.”

--Louisville Journal,

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