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    Group Lot of Two Confederate and Eight Union Civil War Period Song Sheets. Includes:

    "The Flag of Secession," set to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner. One page, 4.75" x 7.5"; undated, but circa 1861. Mounted to heavier stock, probably period paper; some staining throughout.

    "The Southern Cross," set to the tune of the Star Spangle Banner. One page, 4.75" x 7.25". Undated, but circa 1861. Light creasing and wrinkling, and clean tear repair at bottom.

    "By The Sad Potomac Shore, or the Death of Col. Baker," composed by David A. Warden and published by same in Philadelphia. One page, 5.25" x 7.5". Circa 1861. A penny song sheet commemorating the Battle of Ball's Bluff and the death of Colonel Edward Baker. Near fine.

    "How are You Green-Backs?", one page, 5" x 8". Circa 1863, published by Charles Magnus, New York City. An excellent war-dated song sheet in protest of inflationary printing to pay the black troops. Boldly colored engraving at top; near fine with slight toning and soiling at edges.

    "GENERAL LOGAN and the FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS" composed by Capt. Richard W. Burt, 76th Ohio Vols. [WIA Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864]. One page, 5" x 8", printed in blue ink. New York: Published by Charles Magnus. Circa 1865. Gently toned with "Kean Archives, Phila." stamp on verso and pencil notations. Light tape stains at very top on verso.

    "McCLELLAN & VICTORY!! or the Battle of South Mountain and the uprising of the Keystone State," one page, 5" x 8", printed in red and blue ink. Published by James Magee, Philadelphia, circa 1862. Uneven toning and single crease at lower right. A good war-date printed Northern "Liberty and Union Forever" series penny song sheet.

    "The Union Soldiers' Song," composed by Lt. James D. Gay of the Ringgold Artillery of Reading, printed in red and blue ink, published by James Magee, Philadelphia. Printed on the first page of a bifolium 5" x 8". A good war-date printed Northern "Liberty and Union Forever" series penny song sheet.

    "Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19th, 1864", one page, 4.2" x 7.25" and adhered to a slightly larger sheet. Written by Pvt. Charles A. Savage, Co. K, 8th Indiana Vols., and published circa 1864 by G. P. Hardwick, Washington. A good war-date printed (in red) Northern penny song sheet emblazoned with a scene of Union troops charging at the top.

    "The Battle of Winchester, November 19th, 1864" by Pvt. William T. Haroff, Co. K, 126th Ohio Vols. One page, 5" x 8"; published circa 1864 by G. P. Hardwick, Washington. A good war-date printed (in blue) Northern penny song sheet and emblazoned with an American flag and eagle at the top. Mounted on a scrap book album page paper.

    "Old Union Wagon", one page, 5.25" x 7.75"; undated but circa 1862. Clean tear at top has been repaired on verso with archival tape.


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    "The Flag of Secession," set to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner. One page, 4.75" x 7.5"; undated, but circa 1861. Mounted to heavier stock, probably period paper; some staining throughout. In part: "Oh, say can't you see.what you yesterday held to be vaunting and dreaming, the Northern men routed and Abe Lincoln in flight, and the palmetto flag o'er the Capitol streaming.gave proof through the night that the Yankees were there, now the flag of secession in triumph doth wave o'er the land of the freed and home of the brave. Midst the dust that is raised by the fugitives' feet.see the Rail Splitter running in panting retreat.he hurries away with a jump and a scream.where is the despot who came to our soil.his minions disguising.such is the welcome the Southron bestows on the minions who strive to make slaves of a nation, we've a hand for our friends but the sword for our foes.the Northmen shall shrink from our warrior's might and the flag of secession in triumph shall wave o'er the land of the freed."

     

    "The Southern Cross," set to the tune of the Star Spangle Banner. One page, 4.75" x 7.25". Undated, but circa 1861. Light creasing and wrinkling, and clean tear repair at bottom. In part: "Oh, say can you see, through the gloom and the storm.that pure constellation? Like the symbol of love, and redemption its form.giving promise of peace, or assurance of war! Tis the Cross of the South.to light us to freedom and glory again. How peaceful and blest was America's soil till betrayed by the guile of the Puritan demon.to fasten its fangs in the life blood of freemen.from the Gulf to the Delaware slope.the rights we demand.while the Cross of the South shall in triumph remain to light us to freedom and glory again.if peace should be hopeless and justice denied and war's bloody vulture should flap its black pinions then gladly 'to arms'.we hurl our pride.death to their minions!.our front in the field, swearing never to yield or return like the Spartan in death on our shield."

     

     

    "By The Sad Potomac Shore, or the Death of Col. Baker," composed by David A. Warden and published by same in Philadelphia. One page, 5.25" x 7.5". Circa 1861. A penny song sheet commemorating the Battle of Ball's Bluff and the death of Colonel Edward Baker. In part: "Down along the sad Potomac.boldly marched the men of battle.Colonel o'er that swelling water why.lead your men to slaughter.there was no retreat behind you and a strengthened foe before.but you fought them with your number while your braves in death now slumber.dying with the arms they bore.still their fate was yours brave colonel.and we prize thee still the more. Now beside those turbid waters sit.fathers-mothers-daughters.waiting for some loved one with their hearts bereaved and sore.and gaze toward the southern shore."   

     

    "How are You Green-Backs?", one page, 5" x 8". Circa 1863, published by Charles Magnus, New York City. An excellent war-dated song sheet in protest of inflationary printing to pay the black troops. Boldly colored engraving at top; near fine with slight toning and soiling at edges. In part: "We're coming Father Abraham, one hundred thousand more, five hundred presses printing us from morn till night is over.you will see us start.throe' the land to pay the soldiers, or release the border Contraband.how are you, Secretary Chase. Promise to pay: Oh! dat's what's de matter.cash was ne'er so easily evoked from rags before, to line the fat Contractor's purse.or purchase transport craft whose rotten hulks shall sink before the winds begin to waft.how are you Gideon Welles.oh! Can't you fix the date?.we're coming Father Abraham, one hundred thousand more, Should help our Uncle Samuel to prosecute the war; but we want a chieftain true.Geo. B. McClellan.he is the very man.his Potomac Army grand: Three cheers for little Mac.pop goes the weasel. We're coming Father Abraham, nine hundred thousand strong, with nine hundred thousand darkies.with corporal cuff and sergeant pomp to lead us in the melee.he's fought them with the Tribune, and his name is General Greely.how are you, Black-Brigade?.three cheers for Father Abraham!"

     

     

    "GENERAL LOGAN and the FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS" composed by Capt. Richard W. Burt, 76th Ohio Vols. [WIA Resaca, Ga., May 14, 1864]. One page, 5" x 8", printed in blue ink. New York: Published by Charles Magnus. Circa 1865. Gently toned with "Kean Archives, Phila." stamp on verso and pencil notations. Light tape stains at very top on verso. In part: "Oh, did you see the flying Johnnies.they picked up their guns and left very sudden. And soon we gave chase. The Rebs have heard of John A. Logan, with mustache on his face. There's not a rebel in the Dixie nation but quickly gave him place.our [Corps] badge the U. S. Cartridge Box with the "forty rounds" to spare.and about two inches square. The Johnnies know the Fifteenth Corps. They know the badge means war.down the river, in Mississippi. We cleaned the rebels out.the rebel works about Atlanta defied us for awhile. But when they charged on John A. Logan. They learned his fighting style.we'll vanquish Lee and rebel legions and we'll soon close the war.they'll fight us soon no more. They must have heard that Logan is a coming with his Fifteenth Corps." Near fine with Kean Archive, Phila. stamp on the verso.

     

    "McCLELLAN & VICTORY!! or the Battle of South Mountain and the uprising of the Keystone State," one page, 5" x 8", printed in red and blue ink. Published by James Magee, Philadelphia, circa 1862. Uneven toning and single crease at lower right. A good war-date printed Northern "Liberty and Union Forever" series penny song sheet.

    In part: ".brave McClellan gave the rebel foe a drilling and mad them beat retreat.clear the way "Little Mac's" advancing, to set your Stonewall dancing.they crossed the Potomac at Hagerstown to scare the women up and down.upon the heights of old "South Mountain" he made their blood flow like a fountain.and Lee confessed himself "well whipped".with Hooker, Franklin and brave Burnside.at Sharpsburg next, our gallant "Mac" quickly followed suit and drove them back.three cheers for our glorious hero "Mac" and the gallant army at his back.till the Union Flag floats South and North.". Many more patriotic verses. Intended as a letter sheet with blank page attached.

     

    "The Union Soldiers' Song," composed by Lt. James D. Gay of the Ringgold Artillery of Reading, printed in red and blue ink, published by James Magee, Philadelphia. Printed on the first page of a bifolium 5" x 8". A good war-date printed Northern "Liberty and Union Forever" series penny song sheet. In part: "Hurrah for our brave Pennsylvanias. To their flag they are always so true. Hurrah for Abe and his generals. Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue.brave baker, Lyon and Ellsworth our hearts would forever upbraid.we've sons in land of the Rebels. Our banners is proudly displayed. On the battle field full of great danger. It waves over the Keystone Brigade.like Bakers' brave soldiers.may it now and forever be said that none but brave hearts are wanted in the ranks of the Keystone Brigade." Many more patriotic verses. With flattened folds, soiling and toning.

     

    "Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19th, 1864", one page, 4.2" x 7.25" and adhered to a slightly larger sheet. Written by Pvt. Charles A. Savage, Co. K, 8th Indiana Vols., and published circa 1864 by G. P. Hardwick, Washington. A good war-date printed (in red) Northern penny song sheet emblazoned with a scene of Union troops charging at the top. In part: "Old Early camped at Fisher's Hill resolved some Yankee blood to spill. He chose his time when Phil. was gone.we Yankees were sleeping in our tents.Old Early carried out his plan, surprising Crook and his command.but Gen. Grover.said he would help them play the game.this gave the Sixth Corps time to form.the Johnnies thought the victory won and their usual pillaging begun.the noble Sheridan. On, on he comes.crying who hath done this awful deed.get out of the way says Phil.you've come too late to get the Valley.three cheers for Emory, Crook and Wright, Torbett, Merit and General Dwight. Three for Custer and his command.may this bloody war be done." Tightly trimmed and mounted on a scrap book album page.

     

    "The Battle of Winchester, November 19th, 1864" by Pvt. William T. Haroff, Co. K, 126th Ohio Vols. One page, 5" x 8"; published circa 1864 by G. P. Hardwick, Washington. A good war-date printed (in blue) Northern penny song sheet and emblazoned with an American flag and eagle at the top. In part: "It was September 19th.when our boys at Winchester with Sheridan led the van; We charged the Rebs' position and nobly won the day, Crooks' boys with Wright's and Emory's were also in the fray.on Fisher's Hill we gained some ground and Wright he got in.the old 6th Corps.always fight to win.then Crook with his men came up to share the laurels.soon drove them from the mountain ridge and whipped the rebel band.now Emory.received the shock and held the centre firm.till from each rampart, spur, and peak waved the stripes and stars again." Mounted on a scrap book album page paper, else very good.

     

    "Old Union Wagon", one page, 5.25" x 7.75"; undated but circa 1862. Clean tear at top has been repaired on verso with archival tape. Reading, in part: "The Eagle of Columbia, in majesty and pride still soars aloft in glory, though traitors have defied. The flag we dearly cherish - the emblem of our will.the war screech of that eagle is heard from shore to shore.King Cotton may be master o'er those who bend the knee but he cannot rule a people who ever will be free.Old Abe is in the wagon and McClellan by his side, and Seward drives the horses, to take a Union ride.Butler is not idle and Stanton is true.we're all in the wagon with Yankee-doodle-doo!.God bless the wagon while patriots shall ride.its wheels are made of freedom.the spokes when rightly counted, just number thirty-four.keep in the wagon.while millions take a ride."



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