The Bonnie Blue Flag
We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
Fighting for our liberty, with treasure blood and toil;
And when our rights were threatened; the cry rose near and far,
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a single star.
Chorus: Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah! For the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and brethren; kind were are and just;
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our right to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand;
Then came Alabama who took her by the hand;
Next, quickly, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida,
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Ye men of valor gather round; the banner of the right,
Texas, and fair Louisiana, join us in the fight
Davis our loved President, and Steven States men are,
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
And here's to brave Virginia; the old Dominion state,
With the young Confederacy, at last; has linked her fate.
Helped by her example, now other states prepare,
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Then here's to our Confederacy, strong we are and brave,
Like Patriots of old we’ll fight our heritage to save,
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer.
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag that that bears a single star.
Then cheer, boys, cheer, and raise a joyous shout.
For Arkansas, and North Carolina, now have both gone out,
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given.
For the single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven.
New chorus: Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights Hurrah!
Hurrah! For the Bonnie Blue Flag has gained eleven stars.
The reply, also known as
The Stripes and Stars
We're fighting for our Union, we're fighting for our trust,
We're fighting for that happy land where sleeps our father dust.
It cannot be dissevered, though it cost us bloody wars,
We never can give up the land where floats the stripes and stars
Chorus: Hurrah! Hurrah! For equal rights hurrah!
Hurrah! for the good old flag that bears the stripes and stars.
We trusted you as brothers, until you drew the sword,
With impious hands at Sumpter you cut the silver cord.
So now you hear the bugles, we come the sons of Mars,
To rally round the brave old flag that bears the stripes and stars.
We do not want your cotton, we do not want your slaves,
But rather than divide the land, we'll fill your Southern graves.
With Lincoln for our chieftain, we wear our country's stars,
And rally round the brave old flag that bears the stripes and stars.
We deem our cause most holy, we know we’re in the right,
And twenty million freemen stand ready for the fight.
Our pride is fair Columbia, no stain her beauty mars,
On her we'll raise the brave old flag that bears the stripes and stars.
And when this war is over, we'll each resume our home,
And treat you still as brothers, where ever you may roam.
We'll pledge the hand of friendship, and think no more of war,
But dwell in peace beneath the flag that bears the stripes and stars.