Adjutant Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers, 1865, of the 5th Iowa Cavalry
Our campfires shone bright on the mountains,|
That frowned on the river below;
While we stood by our guns in the morning,
And eagerly watched for the foe,
When a rider came out of the darkness
That hung over mountain and tree,
|: And shouted "Boys! up and be ready,"
For Sherman will march to the sea. :|
2. Then shout upon shout for bold Sherman,
3. Then forward boys! Forward to battle!|
We marched on our wearisome way;
And we stormed the wild hills of Resaca,
God bless those who fell on that day!
Then Kennesaw, dark in its glory
Frowned down on the flag of the free,
|: But the East and the West bore our Standards
When Sherman marched down to the sea. :|
4. Still onward we pressed till our banners
5. Oh, proud was our army that morning,|
That stood by the Cypress and Pine,
When Sheman said "Boys you are weary"
This day fair Savannah is thine.
Then sang we a song for our Chieftain,
That echoed o'er river and lea.
|: And the stars on our Banners shone brighter,
When Sherman marched down to the sea.
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