Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 20, 1864

It is curious to see how some songs seize the popular fancy.  “The battle cry of Freedom” is one of this sort, it is not only sung by the soldier on the March and in the bivouac and by the ladies at the piano, but by the mechanic, the farmer, & the boatmen and the little boys as they drive the cows to pasture sing “We’ll rally round the flag boys, We’ll rally once again, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom” &c, &c. And the kitchen girl as she washes her dishes takes up the refrain -- and even little Sarah is humming “Down with the traitor, & up with the Stars.”
I have been rearranging the plants in the two pits, and am very tired.

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