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FOLK-SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR.          55
mac had no counterpart in regard to any other commander, was proof against failure and defeat, and lingered, to a certain extent, even to the close of the war. His removal caused a great deal of indignation, and called out a good many protests and appeals for his restoration. A song, Give us back our old Commander, was a good deal sung at the time: —
Give us back our old Commander, Little Mac, the people's pride ; Let the army and the nation In their choice be satisfied. With McClellan as our leader, Let us strike the blow anew ; Give us back our old Commander, He will see the battle through. Give us back our old Commander, Let him manage, let him plan ; With McClellan as our leader, We can wish no better man.
The very rollicking and nonsensical chorus of Bummers, come and meet Us, belongs to this pe­riod, and was almost as popular as John Brown's Body, fulfilling amply and simply the conditions for relieving the lungs. Like the sailors' " shan­ties " and the plantation choruses, it was capable of indefinite extension and improvisation. The fol­lowing is a specimen of its construction: —
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