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Song of the Regiment

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SONG OF THE REGIMENT.

Written by a Miss Edda Middleton and dedicated to Major Dayton.

Tune: The Red White and Blue.

When Sumter, the shrine of the nation,

Was struck by black Treason's command,

And our flag, from its world-renowned station,

Was dragged and defiled in the sand,

A shout that presaged desolation

To the homes of the traitorous crew

Shook the earth to its firmest foundation,

The shout for "the red, white and blue."



Chorus.

Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Our flag shall yet wave over Sumter,

Placed there by the Anderson Zouaves.



And when our strong Temple was burned

And battered by Treason's red hand,

Its flames to fierce lightning's were turned,

Its smoke to black clouds o'er the land;

The storm iron hail stones was spouting,

As South on the north wind it flew;

And iron-mouthed thunders were shouting,

" All hail to the red, white and blue."



(Chorus as above.)



Then Anderson, faithful for ever,

Called forward, to lead in the van,

Those who will dishonor him never,

His Zouaves, his invincible clan.

Then strike for home, country and glory,

For loved ones we always strike true:

His name lives forever in story

Who falls 'neath "the red, white and blue."



(Chorus as above.)



The cup, not the wine cup, bring hither,

Salt tears fill it up to the brim;

It is wreathed with no wreath that will wither,

The prayers of our loved ne'er grow dim.

Thus pledge we our Patron and Heaven,

As patriots, brave, pure and true:

To our country shall Sumter be given,

Or we fall 'neath "the red, white and blue."



Chorus.

Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Our flag shall yet wave over Sumter,

Placed there by the Anderson Zouaves.

Source:

NY State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center