Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan


AIR -- "The Fierce Discharge"

In the late rebellion war,
      Grand Rapids did send out
As brave and noble volunteers
      As ever went down south:
Among them were the brave Page boys --
      Five brothers there were in all;
They enlisted and went down south,
      To obey their country's call.

John S. Page was the eldest son --
      He went down south afar,
And enlisted in the Mechanics,
      And served his time in the war.
Fernando Page the second son;
      Served in the Infantry;
He was wounded, lost both his feet
      On duty at Yorktown siege.

Charles F. Page was a noble son --
      In sixty-four did enlist,
And in the same year he was killed
      In the fight of the Wilderness.
This brave boy was carrying the flag,
      To cheer his comrades on.
He fought in the Eight Infantry;
      Now he, brave boy, is gone.

'Tis said of this brave soldier boy --
      'Twas just before he died --
Stood the flag standard in the ground,
      Laid down by it and died.
The friends that loved this noble boy,
How sad were they to hear
Of his death on a battle field;
      His age was twenty years.

James B. Page was a fine young man --
      He went in the artillery;
He served his time with all the rest,
      To keep his country free.
Enos Page the youngest brother --
Made five sons in one family,
      Went from Grand Rapids, here.
      His age was fourteen years --

When Enos Page went from his home,
      He was only a boy, you know;
He stole away from his mother dear,
      For he was bound to go.
She followed him to the barracks twice,
      And took him home again;
She found it was no use -- at last
      With friends let him remain.

In Eight Michigan Cavalry
      This boy he did enlist;
His life was almost despaired of,
      On account of numerous fits,
Caused by drinking water poisoned --
      Effects cannot outgrow;
In northern Alabama, I hear,
      There came this dreadful blow.

How joyful were the parents of
      Those noble soldier boys,
There was one missing of the five,
      When they returned from war.
The one that carried the Union flag
      Lies in a Southern grave,
The other brothers came back home
      To Grand Rapids, their native place.

Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore, ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).

Note: The "Eight Infantry" and the irregular indentation of lines are imitated from Blair's edition.
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