"Grab a Root" by Sylvester Rader, 90th OVI, Co. I

Dublin Core

Title

"Grab a Root" by Sylvester Rader, 90th OVI, Co. I

Subject

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Description

"Grab A Root"
By Sylvester Rader, 90th OVI, Co. I

While soldiering in the Army of the Cumberland,
Some Johnnies to shoot,
We stubbed our toe, fell down in the mud,
And the boys, hollowed, "Grab a Root!"

The origin of the word we never heard,
Yet, it always seemed to suit,
For, no matter what to you occurred,
They would tell you to "Grab a Root."

The Colonel of the 31st rode a mare-
A scary sort of a brute-
At the Catoosa Springs she threw him,
When one of the boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."

A new recruit was stealing meat,
Because he thought it cute,
But when the guard marched him off to Gen. Cruft,
The boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."

At Ooltewah we were crossing on a log
With a canteen full of old jute,
When we lost our balance and in we went,
And Smith hollowed, "Grab a Root."

A drunken bummer rode a mouse-colored mule-
A bucking son-of-a-galoot-
And when he threw him and nearly broke his neck,
The boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."

A goose hissed at us when we foraged,
As a disloyal old brute,
But when the Major ordered us front in disgrace,
George Harney whispered, "Grab a Root."

Down in Hog-Jaw Valley we heard a gun,
For some one in the distance did shoot.
But at the command, "Attention! I heard a gun,"
Some one remarked, "Grab a Root."

We shot the load from our gun in camp,
When there was positive orders not to shoot;
But as the General was placing us on the General's staff,
The boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."

A dude of a Sergeant got full of beer;
He sang a song he thought was cute,
But at the end of every verse he sang,
The boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."

The Sergeant got mad and wanted to fight,
And finally began talking shoot.
Then he stormed and raved till he foamed at the mouth,
And the boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."

An officer swore it was cowardly to dodge
When the Johnnies too near would shoot,
But when he dropped at a shell passing high in the air,
The boys hollowed, "Grab a Root."
SYLVESTER RADER, CO. I.

Creator

SYLVESTER RADER, 90th OVI

Date

unknown

Contributor

Scott Cameron

Rights

Users contributing materials to this site must agree to the following provisions: You confirm that your submission does not violate copyright or other applicable laws, and that appropriate credit has been given to the creator of this item.  You give consent to the use of this item (including text, files, and other information) on this website and by its affiliates and partners.  You agree to hold harmless the proprietors of this website, as well as its affiliates and partners.  Contributors bear sole responsibility for user-generated content.

Coverage

unknown

Contribution Form

Online Submission

Yes

Contributor is Creator

No

Document Item Type Metadata

Files

Collection

Citation

SYLVESTER RADER, 90th OVI, ""Grab a Root" by Sylvester Rader, 90th OVI, Co. I," in Ohio Civil War 150 | Collections & Exhibits, Item #1836, http://www.ohiocivilwar150.org/omeka/items/show/1836 (accessed July 25, 2014).

Social Bookmarking

Special Thanks to Ohio Memory, a joint project of OHS and the State Library of Ohio.