The Invasion of Camp Jackson

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Melody - "Happy Land of Canaan"
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Joseph Leddy, 1861

It was on the Tenth of May, Kelly's men were all away,
When the Dutch surrounded Camp Jackson;
Lyon was there, with Boernstein and Blair,
To take our men from the happy land of Canaan.
Chorus:
Oh! Oh! Oh! Ah! Ah! Ah! - The time of our glory is a-coming.
We yet will see the time, when all of us will shine,
And drive the Hessians from our happy land of Canaan.

2. Lyon came into camp with such a pompous tramp,
And said, "Frost, you'll have to surrender;
One half hour I'll give, that is, if you want to live,
To get out of this happy land of Canaan."
Chorus:

3. Our boys looked so nice and neat, when they formed upon the street,
You could tell that sauerkraut was not their feeding;
Our men were straight and tall, the Dutch were thin and small
And a disgrace to our happy land of Canaan.
2nd Chorus:
Oh! Oh! Oh! Ah! Ah! Ah! - The time of our glory is a-coming.
We yet will see the time, when all of us will shine,
And drive the Hessians from our happy land of Canaan.

4. The people gave three cheers for the handsome Volunteers,
Which raised the Hessians' indignation;
They fired upon our brothers, killing sisters, wives and mothers!
But we'll avenge them in the happy land of Canaan.
2nd Chorus:

5. With Col. Kelly at our head, we will fight till we are dead
Wherever he goes we will sustain him;
He has led us on again, to fight with might and main,
To whip the Dutch from this happy land of Canaan.
2nd Chorus:

6. 'Twas just three months that day, since the gloomy tenth of May,
When Lyon once again had us surrounded.
But we were fighting for State-Rights, and we proved it in the fight,
For we shot him in this happy land of Canaan.
2nd Chorus:

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