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Bonnie Blue Flag

"The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "Dixie" were the two most popular and patriotic songs of the Confederacy. The flag that would eventually be called the "Bonnie Blue Flag" was first used by the Republic of West Florida when it declared its independence from Spain in 1810. Later, when Mississippi seceded from the Union on January 9, 1861, the Bonnie Blue Flag was raised over the capitol building in Jackson. An Irish-born vaudevillian named Harry McCarthy was present and was so inspired by the event that he later wrote the song entitled "The Bonnie Blue Flag" ("bonnie" is the Scottish word for "beautiful"). He set the words to an old Irish tune, The Irish Jaunting Car.

Lyrics

We are a band of brothers,
Native to the soil
Fighting for the property
We gained by honest 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 we, and just;
But now, when Northern treachery
Attempts our rights 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
And 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 Stephens statesmen 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 length has linked her fate.
Impelled 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 bears a single star.

Then cheer, boys, cheer,
Raise a joyous shout
For Arkansas and North Carolina
Now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer
For Tennessee be given
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag
Has grown to be eleven!

Video

The best version of "The Bonnie Blue Flag" that I have found is from the 2003 movie, "Gods and Generals." It doesn't have all the verses, but it's extremely well done with patriotic enthusiasm. Click the screen or the triangle at the bottom left to start the song.

"Hurrah! Hurrah!

"For Southern Rights, Hurrah!

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