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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,
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