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[printed song]
                        THE SOUTHERN STARS.
   AIR  The Bonnie Blue Flag,  or the  Irish Jaunting Car. 
Oh, God, protect the soldiers who are struggling in the fight,
Between their hearts and Northern arms oh! interpose thy might!
And send us home our dear ones in safety from the wars,
With triumph to the noble flag that bears the Southern stars.
	Hurrah! hurrah! for Southern rights hurrah!
	Hurrah for the noble flag that bears the Southern star.

We Southern wives and mothers will raise the joyous shout,
To welcome home with happy tears the loved ones we sent out,
And when we hear them coming, we ll echo from afar
The triumphs of the noble flag that bears the Southern star.
	Hurrah! hurrah! &c.

For well we loved those soldiers, and felt their parting sore;
But though we loved our soldiers well, we loved our country more.
With trusting hearts we sent them forth to battle in our cause.
And firmly plant the noble flag that bears the Southern stars.
	Hurrah! hurrah! &c.

And well those soldiers paid our love through many a dreadful day 
Through flood, through fire, their faith grew higher, nor blenched nor turned away;
And long our Northern foes shall wail the havoc of the wars
When Southern bands first raised their hands beneath the Southern stars.
	Hurrah! hurrah! &c.

And children yet unborn shall tell, beside their household fires,
The wond rous tale of Southern wrongs, and bless their noble sires.
And proud shall be the sons of those who, in our righteous cause,
Fought, bled and died for freedom s sake beneath the Southern stars.
	Hurrah! hurrah! &c.

Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Printed song lyrics to ''The Southern Stars.''
Subject:Baker, Francis; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Songs
Scan Date:2010-11-18


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.