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Civil War Unit – Appendix C – Star Spangled Banner, Battle Cry of Freedom songs

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music, Social Studies  

Grades:

4, 5, 6  

Title – Civil War Unit – Appendix C – Star Spangled Banner, Battle Cry of Freedom songs
By – Sarah Higgins
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Music, Language Arts
Grade Level – 4th-6th
Contents:

C-1
The Star Spangled Banner
(The Defense of Fort McHenry)
September 20, 1814
By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

C-2
Battle Cry of Freedom, Southern Version

We are marching to the field, boys,
We’re going to the fight,
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.
And we bear the Heavenly cross,
For our cause is in the right,
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.
Chorus:
Our rights forever!
Hurrah boys hurrah!
Down with the tyrants, Raise the Southern star,
And we’ll rally round the flag, boys
We’ll Rally once again
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom!

2. We’ll meet the Yankee hosts, boys,
With fearless hearts and true,
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.
And we’ll show the dastard minions
What Southern pluck can do,
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.
Chorus:
3. We’ll fight them to the last, boys,
If we fall in the strife,
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.
Our comrades – noble boys!
Will avenge us, life for life,
Shouting the Battle Cry of Freedom.
Chorus:

C-3

Battle Cry of Freedom, Northern Version
So we’re springing to the call from the east and from the west,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love the best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
The Union forever,
Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor,
Up with the star!
While we rally ’round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
And we’ll fill the vacant ranks with a million freemen more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
The Union forever,
Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor,
Up with the star!
While we rally ’round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave!
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.
And although he may be poor, not a man shall be a slave!
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
The Union forever,
Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor,
Up with the star!
While we rally ’round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.

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