mouth; the cool and dauntless Thomas, with his gallant vete¬
rans, flashes terror into the hearts of the foe; but it is reserved
for fighting Joe Hooker and his splendid corps, following the
flight of the American eagle, to scale the steep sides of Lookout
Mountain, snatch victory from the rebels on its lofty summit,
and re-echo in pealing thunders, above the clouds, the shouts of
triumph from the armies below. (Great applause.)
The investment of Knoxville by Longstreet, the masterly
strategy with which Potter deceived and out-mauouvered the
rebel chief, the siege, the various assaults and sallies, the mur¬
derous charge and bloody repulse, the daring attempt upon Fort
Saunders, where young Benjamin won immortal honor by his
undaunted dating, the deadly conflict, the disastrous retreat,
have given many a name to a proud immortality—
" And Manson, Potter, White,
And Parke, are dashing through the fight;
Ferrero, Hascall, Carter, rush
Secession's hydra head to crush;
And waving high his glittering sword,
The Morgan-tamer Shackelford
Pants to begin the steeple-chase,
And win again immortal race!"
The gallant Saunders, with his new-born star,
Gleams for a moment through the cloud of war,
Yields, the young hero, on the bloody sod.
His name to glory, and his soul to God!
" While Burnside proved, on sea and land,
Full worthy of his high command,
With genial, but undaunted soul,
Arrays and well directs the whole;
Moves on his veteran army corps,
And fadeless laurels plucks once more.
Hail! chieftain of the rescue, hail!
A saddened land shall cease to wail
While 'comrades' give thee just renown,
And grateful States with honor crown:
Mothers shall teach their babes thy name,
And prattling childhood lisp thy fame;
Our hills shall clap their joyous hands,
And shout for thee and thy brave bands
The voice of age its thanks express,
And unborn generations bless."