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[newspaper clipping]
		   New-York, May 18, 1861.
  We arm by thousands strong,
     To battle for the Right,
  And this shall be our song,
     As we march into the fight:
       With our country s banner o er us,
       And the traitor ranks before us,
       Let Freedom be the chorus
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
       Now hearken to the cheers
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
		{Chorus of cheering.}
  When the battle rages round,
     And the rolling of the drum,
  And the trembling of the ground,
     Tell usurpers that WE COME!  
       Then the war s deep-mouthed thunder,
       Shall our lightnings cleave asunder,
       And our enemies shall wonder
          At the Northern Volunteers!
       Shall wonder at the cheers
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
  True, loyal sons are we
     Of men who fought and died
  To leave their children free,
     Whom dastards now deride!
       Tremble, traitors! at the beaming
       Of our starry banner gleaming,
       When like a torrent streaming,
          Come the Northern Volunteers!
       Dealing death amid their cheers,
          Come the Northern Volunteers!
  When the Northern men unite,
     Heart to heart and hand to hand,
  For Freedom s cause to fight,
     Shall Wrong the Right withstand?
       With our country s banner o er us,
       And rebels base before us,
       And Liberty the chorus
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
       How terrible the cheers
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
  Where Freedom s banner waves,
     Over land or over sea,
  It shall not cover slaves!
     They shall touch it and be free!
       Tremble, tyrants! at the flashing
       Of our arms, when onward dashing,
       You shall hear their fetters crashing,
          Broke by Northern Volunteers!
       And your slaves give back the cheers
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
  God of Freedom! give Thy might
     To the spirits of thy sons!
  To their bayonets in fight!
     To the death within their guns!
       Make their deeds in battle gory
       Burn and brightly shine in glory
       When the world shall read the story
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
       And echo back the cheers!
          Of the Northern Volunteers!
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Newspaper clipping of poem entitled ''The Northern Volunteers,'' composed by George Boweryem.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Poetry; Slavery; Songs
Scan Date:2010-06-03


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.