This song was written in 1864 in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant, who was appointed commander of all the Union armies in March of that year. Words by Charles Haynes and music by J.E. Haynes. Published by Root and Cady of Chicago. —Editor
All hail to Ulysses, the patriot’s friend,
The hero of battles renowned.
He has won the bright laurel, its garland he wears.
And his fame thro’ the world we will sound.
When treason her banner unfurl’d in the land
To liberty then he was true:
On his warhorse his legions they met in the field
And defended the Red, White, and Blue.
Then hail to Ulysses the noble and brave,
In trial the veteran so true,
Yes, in honor we hail him the champion of right,
And the friend of the Red, White and Blue.
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