confederate poem

Fig 1. The Final Stanza from “The Battle of Manassas”, a confederate war song by Susan Archer Talley, 1861. Written in the family bible of Mary Anne (Daughenbaugh) Williams.

“Yes glory to our noble dead as to our living and o’er them may our southern flag free proudly, long live our gallant Davis and honored ever be our Johnson and our Jackson own because god and lee and glory to the lord who was our strength and shield and clashed the tyrants boasted might on stern Manassas field, Mary A Daughenbaugh”.

The following is recorded from the family bible of Mary Anne “Annie” (Daughenbaugh) Williams, wife of John W. Williams and my third great-grandmother. The bible was passed down two more generations, when my grandmother had somehow managed to obtain a copy of excerpts from this bible that contained the Daughenbaugh family genealogy beginning with Annie’s father, Jacob Daughenbaugh. What remains most curious and raises many questions, based on the Confederate poem (above) that was written down in Annie’s diary, was that her husband John Williams enlisted for the Union Army while living in Kentucky. Were her Confederate sympathies known or is the document evidence that she had to keep her loyalties secret?

To find out more, click on Descendants of Jacob Daughenbaugh of Armstrong County.

Genealogical Context:

Jacob Daughenbaugh > Mary Ann Daughenbaugh > Lizzie Marie Williams > James Wallace Freeman > Margrette Freeman > James R Fletcher > Jake Fletcher

Full lyrics for “Battle of Manassas” by Susan Archer Talley.