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62 FOLK-SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR.
Belt and bayonet, bright and new. Kill a Doodle and capture two !
Shoulder to shoulder, son and sire, All, call all! to the feast of fire, Mother and maiden, child and slave, A common triumph or a single grave.
The street ballad did not exist in the South, so far as I can discover, and the popular song-books were very few in comparison with those of the North. There were some, however, printed on discolored paper and with worn-out type. Among them were The New Confederate Flag Songster, S. C. Griggs, Mobile; The General Lee Songster, John C. Schreiner & Son, Macon and Savannah; The Jack Morgan Songster, compiled by a captain in General Lee's army; and Songs of Love and Liberty, compiled by a North Carolina lady, Raleigh, 1864. Like the Northern song-books, they contained an admixture of the popular negro melodies with the songs of the war, and there are but few instances of any genuine and native expression. The song which gave the title to The Jack Morgan Songster, however, has a good deal of force and vigor, and was evidently written by the camp fire. It is entitled Three Cheers for our Jack Morgan: —
The snow is in the cloud,
And night is gathering o'er us,