American War Ballads and Lyrics

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Author: George Frederick Root  | Date: 1889

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War Songs (1861–1864)

BY NORTHERN POETS

D. "THE BATTLE-CRY OF FREEDOM"

BY GEORGE FREDERICK ROOT

YES, we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom, We will rally from the hill-side, we’ll gather from the plain, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.

Chorus.—The Union forever, hurrah! boys, hurrah, Down with the traitor, up with the star, While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.

We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom, And we’ll fill the vacant ranks with a million freemen more, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.—Chorus.

We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true, and brave, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom, And altho’ they may be poor, not a man shall be a slave, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.—Chorus.

So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom, And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love the best, Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.—Chorus.

From reprints in (edited by Frank Moore, New York, 1864), 78; (edited by George Cary Eggleston, New York, etc., [1889], II, 160, 271, 275.

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Chicago: George Frederick Root, "War Songs (1861– 1864)," American War Ballads and Lyrics, ed. George Cary Eggleston in American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. Albert Bushnell Hart (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903), Original Sources, accessed July 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NCA7EQBNJZFQBDT.

MLA: Root, George Frederick. "War Songs (1861– 1864)." American War Ballads and Lyrics, edited by George Cary Eggleston, Vol. II, in American History Told by Contemporaries, edited by Albert Bushnell Hart, Vol. 4, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1903, Original Sources. 21 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NCA7EQBNJZFQBDT.

Harvard: Root, GF, 'War Songs (1861– 1864)' in American War Ballads and Lyrics, ed. . cited in 1903, American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. , The Macmillan Company, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 21 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=NCA7EQBNJZFQBDT.