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58          FOLK-SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR.
Three cheers for gallant Haggerty, he led us safely through ; And three for our loved Whiting, he is the real true blue. Success to every officer who fought with us that day ; Together may we pass unscathed through many a gallant fray.
A health to every gallant tar who did his duty well, Peace to the ashes of the dead who nobly fighting fell. 'T was in a glorious cause they died, the Union to maintain. We who are left, when called upon, will try it o'er again.
Some of the disagreeable features of a soldier's duty and camp life were dealt with by the soldiers in the spirit of humorous exaggeration, which was as much an evidence of high spirits as the enthusi­astic choruses. A camp poet thus relieves his feel­ings in regard to the exercise of " double quick: " —
Since I became a volunteer things have went rather queer ; Some say I 'm a three months' man, and others a three years'
volunteer. With plenty of likes and dislikes to all I have to stick ; There's plenty of pork, salt horse, and plenty of Double-Quick.
Oh, I 'm miserable, I 'm miserable,
To all I '11 have to stick. The old salt horse is passable, But d------n the Double-Quick.
If a friend should call to see you the men have a pretty game. They call him paymaster, obstacle, or some such kind of a name.
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