Give Us Back Our Old Commander

Melody - Septimus Winner, 1863

Septimus Winner, 1863

Give us back our old Commander,
Little Mac, the people's pride,
Let the army and the nation,
In their choice be satisfied,
With McClellan as our leader,
Let us strike the blow anew,
Give us back our old Commander,
He will see the battle through.
Give us back our old Commander,
Let him manage, let him plan,
With McClellan as our leader,
We can wish no better man.

2. Men may fight for fame and glory,
Some may fight just--"for the tin;"
Give us then our noble leader,
Let us fight, but fight to win.
Uncle Sam has lots of money,
Mighty stores and many men.
Yet the people "think it funny"
We should be repulsed again.

3. Pope he made a dash for Dixie,
Said he'd set the darkies free,
But he hasn't done a'ready,
That we did expect to see.
Down upon the Rappahannock,
Burnside went with army bold,
Tho' repuls'd he did his duty,
Acting just as he was told.

4. Congressmen may plan and twaddle,
How the fighting should be done,
Bull Run taught them to skedaddle,
Ely took too slow a run.
Editors! our men of wisdom!
Lay the plan for Richmond's fall,
Greeley knows, just how McClellan,
Could have bag'd the rebels all.

5. Down in Dixie he may lead us,
We will follow any route,
Still the silly war department,
Gives the order--Right About.
Lincoln's great on Proclamations,
Stanton counsels Uncle Sam,
Halleck does as their adviser,
Fremont is a perfect sham.

From Civil War Song Sheets, Series 1, Volume 1

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