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First Line: A line in long array where they wind betwixt green islands
Last Line: The guidon flags flutter gayly in the wind.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; Cavalry; Holidays; Memorial Day; Soldiers; United States - History; War; Drills & Minor Tactics; Declaration Day


A LINE in long array where they wind betwixt green islands,
They take a serpentine course, their arms flash in the sun,
-- hark to the musical clank,
Behold the silvery river, in it the splashing horses
loitering stop to drink,
Behold the brown-faced men, each group, each person, a
picture, the negligent rest on the saddles,
Some emerge on the opposite bank, others are just entering
the ford -- while,
Scarlet and blue and snowy white,
The guidon flags flutter gayly in the wind.






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