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The Bonnie Flag with the Stripes and Stars
Words: Col. J.L. Geddes of the Eight Iowa Infantry
Music: Henry Werner (i.e., Charles Balmer)

We're fighting for our Union, 
    we're fighting for our trust
We're fighting for that happy land 
    where sleeps our Fathers dust
It cannot be dissever'd tho' 
    it cost us bloody wars
We never can give up the land where 
    float the Stripes and Stars

We treated you as brothers untill 
    you drew the sword,
With impious hands at Sumpter you 
    cut the silver cord,
So now you hear our bugles we come 
    the sons of Mars,
We rally round that brave old flag 
    which bears the Stripes and Stars

We do not want your cotton, 
    we care not for your slaves,
But rather than divide this land, 
   we'll fill your southern graves
With Lincoln for our chieftain, 
    we'll wear our countrys scars
We rally round that brave old flag,
    that bears the Stripes and Stars

We deem our cause most holy, 
    we know we're in the right
And twenty millions of freemen 
    stand ready for the fight
Our bride is fair Columbia, 
    no stain her beauty mars
O'er her we'll raise that brave old flag, 
    which 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 friendshi, 
    and think no more of wars
But dwell in peace beneath the flag, 
    that bears the Stripes and Stars!

Chorus:
Hurrah, hurrah, for equal rights hurrah
Hurrah for the brave old flag that 
    bears the Stripes and Stars!

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