Sung by: Sara Jo Fendley

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Come, all ye sons of Iowa,
Come listen to my song.
If you'll but pay attention,
I won't detain you long
'Twas of the gallant charges
We made at Prairie Grove,
Where we and Southern rebels
In unequal numbers strove.

Our officers were brave leaders;
They led us with good will.
Although we were outnumbered,
We charged them up the hill,
And valley (volley ?) after valley,
Our shots were made to tell.
Our lieutenant colonel
And sergeant major fell.

Through fields of blood we waded;
Our cannon loud did roar,
'Til many a brave commander
Lay bleeding in his gore,
And heaps of mangled soldiers
Upon the field did lay,
That had been killed or wounded
From the Nineteenth Iowa.

Those Rebels fought us bravely,
In hopes to gain the day,
'Til General Blunt's artillery
Upon them began to play.
It caused such a . . .
It put them all to flight,
And they withdrew their forces
In the cover of the night.

Next morning we were sorry
To see those Rebels' wives
A-hunting their dead husbands--
Their melancholy cries--
And sisters finding brothers.
They wrung their hands and cried,
"Oh, my dear bloody brother,
Yes, for Southern rights you've died."

Now the battle, it's over;
Our men rest from their toil.
We carefully buried all our dead
Beneath the Southern soil.
We buried them in order,
As formed on dress parade,
And put a board at each man's head
To show where he was laid.

(Dr. Wolf: "Where'd you learn that?"
Mrs. Fendley: "I learned the words from Mr. Mack. He had the . . . He'd had the words a long time, and he wrote the music to it."
Dr. Wolf: "Is that Roy Mack?"
Mrs. Fendley: "Uh huh."
??: "He wrote them for her, special."
Dr. Wolf: "Oh, is that so? Where he get the words?"
Mrs. Fendley: "He just said he'd had the words a long time.")

Also found in Randolph, Vol. II, #222, "Prairie Grove."

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