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FOLK-SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR.          57
But brave Dupont he led us on to fight the vaunting foe, And soon the rebel standard was in the dust laid low. Whack row de dow,
How are you, old Port Royal ? Whack row de dow, How are you, Secesh ?
When we were seen advancing they laughed with foolish pride, And said that soon our Northern fleet they 'd sink beneath
the tide ; And with their guns trained carefully they waited our advance, And the gallant WARash soon struck up the music of the
dance.
The Susquehanna next in line delivered her broadside, With deadly aim each shot was sent and well each gun was
plied ; And still our gallant ships advanced, and each one, as she
passed, Poured in her deadly messengers, and the foe fell thick and
fast.
Each ship advanced in order, each captain wore a smile, Until the famed Vandalia brought up the rear in style, And as our guns were shortest we balanced to the right, And brought us to the enemy the closest in the fight.
Then round the room (Port Royal bay) we took a Highland
Fling, And showed them in Fort Walker what loud music we could
sing. And then we poured in our broadsides that brought their
courage low, And o'er the rebel batteries soon our Union flag did flow.
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