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Gen. Herbert lie came not near, but strangely stood aloof; From San Antone he did look on, where was good old " 4th proof."
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Magruder came, a man of fame, the Texas boys to lead; From Rio Grande he did command, to come with rapid speed; " My plan is laid," he quickly said, " Galveston to retake ; Brave boys!" said he, " come, follow me; we'll make the Yankees quake."
Three bayou crafts, of shallow draught, with cotton breastworks neat;
Three hundred men, and three small guns, composed our Texas fleet ;
Now ready quite, the Feds to fight, our land force did repair,
Along Strand Street, the Yanks to greet, just as our boats came near.
The Lone Star State must seal her fate, in ruin, shame and woe,
Or bravely fight for Southern rights, and triumph o'er the foe;
On New Year's morn, before day dawn, the year of sixty-three,
The New Year's gifts came flying swift, both from the land and sea.
The lightning glare, both far and near, the darkness did dis
pel; Grape, bomb and ball did thickry fall, our forces to repel;