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Marching Song of the First Arkansas (U.S.C.T.) (Captain Lindley Miller) Oh, we're the bully soldiers of the First of Arkansas We are fighting for the Union, we are fighting for the law We can hit a Rebel further than a white man ever saw, As we go marching on! Glory Glory hallelujah (3x) As we go marching on! See, there above the center where the flag is waving bright, We are going out of slavery; we're bound for freedom's light, We mean to show Jeff Davis how the Africans can fight As we go marching on! We are done with hoeing cotton! We are done with hoeing corn We are colored Yankee soldiers now, as sure as you are born When the masters hear us yellin', they'll think us Gabriel's horn As we go marching on! They said, Now colored brethren, you shall be forever free From the first of January, eighteen hundred sixty-three. We heard it in the river going rushing to the sea, As it went sounding on. Father Abraham has spoken and the message has been sent The prison doors be opened, and out the pris'ners went To join the sable army of the African descent As we go marching on printed in Sing Out SOF
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