Feb 8, 1824 was General Barnard Elliot Bee’s birthday, the man who gave Thomas Jonathan Jackson his immortal nickname of “Stonewall.” The attached watercolor by Conrad Wise Chapman is the only image of Bee in gray and probably painted posthumously
In wishing our loyal supporters a great weekend I give y’all a song Bee wrote while in the Old Army about the Infantry – to the tune O’Tannenbaum AND SUPPORT WWW.SLRC-CSA.ORG
The Infantry to the tune O Tannenbaum by Capt Barnard E. Bee Jr 10 US Infantry 1856 USMA’45
Our Army is a motley crew
In dress and armour, duties too
And each and all I love to see
But most I love the Infantry.
In tented field, in Ladie’s bower
Alike they shine – all feel their power,
Though other corps are dear to me
Yet most I prize the Infantry.
The Engineers with Science crowned,
For action traces out the ground.
Artillery at distance play
Dragoons sometimes to clear the way
The sharp advance, the pistol shot,
The quick retreat in rapid trot!
The foe advances light and free
Who meet him then? The Infantry!!
And see that glorious host move on
Their bayonets glistening in the sun…
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