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Bonnie Blue Flag

The Bonnie Blue Flag was written by Harry McCarthy in 1861. He was inspired by the long history of the flag. It was first flown in 1810 by a group of men gathered together under the auspices of what they called the West Florida Convention. This group planned to set up a Republic after they conquered Baton Rouge. President Madison promptly declared the area a part of Louisiana Territory and the section was pulled into the United States.

In 1836, the Texas Republic adopted the flag. It is still thought to represent Texas which is often referred to as the "Lone Star State". At the beginning of the Civil War a crowd raised the flag over the Capitol of the State of Mississippi when secession was declared in 1860. Harry McCarthy was evidently a witness to this event and was stirred to write the following lyrics:

We are a band of brothers
And native to the soil
Fighting for our liberty
With treasure blood, and toil
And when our rights were threatened,
The cry rose near and far
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star!

Refrain:
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 the 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 the single star.

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

And to Missouri we
Extend both heart and hand
And welcome her a sister
Of our Confederate band
Tho surrounded by oppression
No one dare deter
Her adding to our Bonnie Blue Flag
Her bright and twelfth star!

Interestingly enough, the song comes right out with the "band of brothers" analogy. We see the theme has been embedded in the American psyche. It would become especially meaningful in the Confederacy where military prowess and martial ardor were prized above the peaceful pursuits.

The "Bonnie Blue Flag" would become the second most popular song in the South after "Dixie". It was actually sung to a popular tune of the era called "The Irish Jaunting Car."

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