Marching Along

Words & Music by William R. Bradbury

“McClellan’s our leader, he’s gallant and strong….”

Noah Brooks

The irresistibly upbeat “Marching Along” originally celebrated General George Brinton McClellan, the first commander of the Army of the Potomac and popular young idol of the north at the war’s beginning. McClellan’s star eventually fell due to his lack of aggressiveness and bitter rivalry with Lincoln. Union soldiers, knowing a good tune when they heard it, recycled it throughout the war, changing the lyrics to reflect the many changes in command endured by them.”Marching Along” is McClellan’s theme throughout Reunion—from his triumphant entry on the scene to his devastating removal from command to the surprise defeat in his bid to unseat Lincoln to his resignation and retreat into self-justifying obscurity.

Lyrics

The army is gathering from near and from far,
The trumpet is sounding the call for the war.
McClellan’s our leader, he’s gallant and strong–
We’ll gird on the armor and be marching along.

Marching along, we are marching along!
Gird on the armor and be marching along,
McClellan’s our leader, he’s gallant and strong,
For God and for country we are marching along.

The foe is before us in battle array,
But let us not waver or turn from the way.
The Lord is our strength and the Union’s our song,
With courage and faith we are marching along.

Marching along, we are marching along!
Gird on the armor and be marching along,
McClellan’s our leader, he’s gallant and strong,
For God and for country we are marching along.

The flag of our country is floating on high,
We’ll stand by that flag ’til we conquer or die!
McClellan’s our leader, he’s gallant and strong,
For God and for country we are marching along!

Marching along, we are marching along!
Gird on the armor and be marching along,
McClellan’s our leader, he’s gallant and strong,
For God and for country we are marching along.

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