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The Won CauseBlack and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic$
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Barbara A. Gannon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877708_gannon

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Comrades Bound by Memories Many

Comrades Bound by Memories Many

(p.117) 9 Comrades Bound by Memories Many
The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Charles Graham Halpine's poem titled “Song of the Soldier,” which described comrades as those who had marched “in marches many, comrades tried in dangers many, Comrades bound by memories many.” Though rooted in soldiers' wartime experience, comradeship continued in the postwar era: “And, if spared, and growing older, Shoulder still in line with shoulder, And with hearts no thrill the colder, Brothers ever we shall be.” GAR men recited the last stanza of this poem to explain their organization's multicultural fraternity: “Creed nor faction can divide us, Race nor language can divide us, Still, whatever fate betide us, Brothers of the Heart are we!” Sambo's right to be killed evolved into black survivors' right to membership in the GAR.

Keywords:   Charles Graham Halpine, Song of the Soldier, wartime experience, comradeship, postwar era

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