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Document Type: Autograph Manuscript
Document Title: "Richmond's a Hard Road to Travel"

Author: Martha White Read
Date: [1862-1863]

Physical Description: Ink on blue paper; 2 pages (10 x 20 cm) on 1 sheet

Number: MSN/CW 5015-34

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Richmond's a hard Road to Travel or the new "Jordan" as sung with great applause in all the northern theatres. Respectfully dedicated to Gen. A. E. Burnside.

Would you like to hear the song,
I'm afraid it's rather long,
Of the famous "on to Richmond" double trouble;
Of the half a dozen slips,
On a half a dozen trips,
And the very lastest bursting of the bubble?
Then list while I relate, This most unhappy fate,
Tis a dreadful knotty puzzle to unravel;
Though all the papers swore, When we touched Virginia's shore,
That Richmond was an easy road to travel
Chorus. Then pull of your coat & roll up your sleeves, For Richmond's a hard road to travel
Then pull off your coat and roll up your sleeve for Richmond's a hard road &tc.

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First McDowell bold & gay
Put forth the shortest day,
By Manassas, in the pleasant summer weather,
But he quickly went & ran
On a Stonewall, foolish man,
And had a "rocky" journey altogether.
For he found it rather hard
To ride over Beauregard
And Jackson proved something of a bother
And 'twas clear beyond a doubt
That he didn't like the "rout"
And a second time would have to try another
Then pull off your coat & roll up your sleeve
For Richmond's a hard road to travel
Manassas gave no fits and Bull Run made us grieve
Oh Richmond's a hard road to travel I believe.

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