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Abby Sale 21 Jul 05 - 09:14 PM
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Subject: happy? - July 21 (Bull Run)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 21 Jul 05 - 09:14 PM

"Boys that Wore the Green" recounts the fight of Colonel Corcoran's 69th Militia at Bull Run, the first major battle of the Civil War. It praises the "gallant New York firemen" of Colonel Noah L. Farnham's 11th New York "Fire Zouaves" and Captain Meagher, who led the "Irish Zouaves" of the 69th's Company K.

        On the twenty-first of July, beneath the burning sun.
        McDowell met the Southern troops in battle, at Bull Run;
        Above the Union vanguard, was proudly dancing seen,
        Beside the starry banner, old Erin's flag of green.

        "Boys that Wore the Green," by William Woodburn[?] tune: Burns' "John Anderson
        My Jo." Notes & text from David Kincaid on The Irish Volunteer

Zou·ave [z-äv, zwäv] n.
   1. A member of a French infantry unit, originally composed of Algerian recruits, characterized by colorful uniforms and precision drilling.
   2. A member of a group patterned after the French Zouaves, especially a member of such a unit of the Union Army in the U.S. Civil War.

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