by Timothy Lane 7/19/14
These parodies of familiar songs come from defeated troops during the 1864 campaigns, one from each side.
The first was used as a chapter epigraph in Ludwell Johnson’s Red River Campaign: Politics and Cotton in the Civil War:
In eighteen hundred and sixty-four,
In eighteen hundred and sixty-four.
Foot-balls, says I;
In eighteen hundred and sixty-four
We all skedaddled to Grand Ecore.
We’ll all drink stone blind,
Johnny, fill up the bowl!
The second is reported both in Stanley F. Horn’s The Army of Tennessee and Clement Eaton’s A History of the Southern Confederacy, from the army’s retreat after their rout at Nashville (the Uncle Joe refers to Joseph E. Johnston):
So now I’m marching southward;
My heart is full of woe.
I’m going back to Georgia
To see my Uncle Joe.
You may talk about your Beauregard
And sing of General Lee,
But the gallant Hood of Texas
Played hell in Tennessee!
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