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Of your loved and brave McPherson,
Welcome, welcome! then you answered,
Put this vile rebellion down!
Welcome, welcome! you the gallant Hood
! surrounded, And the prized Atlanta won; Quickly through the north it sounded, The good work that you had done.
For that battle ask of Sherman,
What's the glory?
Welcome, welcome from Fort Fisher,
You their giant ramparts battered,
WELCOME OF 1865.
Till the fort was badly shattered,
In the face of bristling cannon,
Grape and musketry,
One by one you took each traverse;
At Fort Anderson you halted, Then over its intrenchments vaulted, And won the works you had assaulted.
Then cheer on cheer went up from all,
In one unbroken, deafening shout, When you saw the stars and stripes Float proudly from that bold redoubt!
Welcome, welcome! We are thinking,
Of that long and bloody route,
When brave Sheridan just returning-
Then you saw the flying columns,
cheered and cheered for Sheridan, Who heard you twenty miles away.
From Kenesaw and Rocky Face,
Up the valley, down the coast,
Welcome, welcome! Those were battles,
Which the world is proud to name;
Welcome, welcome for those battles—ask
WELCOME OF 1865.
What of honor you may know, He will answer, "home elysian, More than mortals can bestow!"
Welcome, welcome! We have shrined you
In the temple of our hearts, With a golden cord entwined you, That no foe can thrust apart.
Welcome, welcome! God has kept you,
All those weary days agone; Though of comrades he bereft you, He but gathered in his own.
'Tis for the sleeping heroes In their distant graves,
, We the silent tears are weeping, While their blood-bought banner waves.