LAND OF KING COTTON.
By Jo. Augustine Signaigo.
Air—“Red, White and Blue.”
(This was a favorite song of the Tennessee troops, but especially of the
13th and 154th Regiments. Memphis Appeal, Dec. 9, 1861.)
|Oh! Dixie, the land of King Cotton,|
“The home of the brave and the free,”
A nation by freedom begotten,
The terror of despots to be;
Wherever thy banner is streaming,
Base tyranny quails at thy feet,
And liberty’s sunlight is beaming,
In splendor of majesty sweet.
Chorus—Three cheers for our army so true,
Three cheers for Price, Johnson, and Lee:
Beauregard, and our Davis forever,
The pride of the brave and the free!
When Liberty sounds her war-rattle,
Demanding her right and her due,
The first land that rallies to battle
Is Dixie, the shrine of the true:
Thick as leaves of the forest in Summer,
Her brave sons will rise on each plain,
And then strike, until each vandal comer
Lies dead on the soil he would stain.
May the names of the dead that we cherish,
Fill memory’s cup to the brim;
May the laurels they’ve won never perish,
“Nor star of their glory grow dim;”
May the States of the South never sever,
But the champions of freedom e’er be;
May they flourish Confed’rate forever,
The boast of the brave and the free.