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Here is a little ditty from the book “Hardtack and Coffee” by John Billings giving a brief history of the commanders of the Army of the Potomac.

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There was one song which the boys of the old Third Corps used to sing in the fall of 1863, to the tune of “When Johnny comes marching home,” which is an amusing jingle of historical facts. I have not heard it sung since that time, but it ran substantially as follows:–

We are the boys of Potomac’s ranks,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We are the boys of Potomac’s ranks,
We ran with McDowell, retreated with Banks,
And we’ll all drink stone blind –
Johnny, fill up the bowl.

We fought with McClellan, the Rebs,
shakes and fever,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Then we fought with McClellan, the Rebs,
shakes and fever,
But Mac joined the navy on reaching
James River,
And we’ll all drink, etc.

Then they gave us John Pope, our
patience to tax,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Then they gave us John Pope
our patience to tax,
Who said that out West he’d seen
naught but Gray backs.

He said his headquarters were in the saddle,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
He said his headquarters were in the saddle,
But Stonewall Jackson made him skedaddle.
Then Mac was recalled, but after Antietam,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Then Mac was recalled, but after Antietam
Abe gave him a rest, he was too slow to beat ’em.

Oh, Burnside then he tried his luck,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Oh, Burnside then he tried his luck,
But in the mud so fast got stuck.

Then Hooker was taken to fill the bill,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Then Hooker was taken to fill the bill,
But he got a black eye at Chancellorsville.

Next came General Meade, a slow old plug,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Next came General Meade, a slow old plug,
For he let them away at Gettysburg.

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