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 Posted: Wed Oct 27th, 2010 05:53 am
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Ok, this second story comes from Chistopher Coleman's Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War. Mr. Coleman records the story of a class fieldtrip to Antietam by the 7th class of a Mr. OBrien of Baltimore's McDonogh School. Prior to lunch the students learned the parade drill and the manual of arms, they also saw demonstrations of loading and firing muskets as well as the details of the life of the average soldier. After lunch they toured the battlefield to learn the history of the battle.

Towards dusk they had to visit the Bloody Lane where they were given time to consider everything they'd seen that day. Then as they returned to the bus Mr. O'Brien instructed them to write an essay about what they'd learned and what impressed them the most about the battlefield. Many wrote about hearing chanting, others about hearing Christmas carols in a foreign language.

Now Mr. O'Brien didn't give the boys time to talk with each other so they weren't able to come up with a practical joke. And all those who wrote about the caroling said they heard it at the Bloody Lane. When questioned as to the caroling it turned out it was between the Anderson Cannon Monument and the War Department Observation Tower. And that it sounded like the Chorus to Deck the Halls.

There was no one but the class in that area on that day and what the class didn't know was the battle cry of the NY 69th was Faugh a Ballagh, a Gaelic battle cry. Pronounced Fa-a-bah-lah. But to the kids it sounded like Fa-la-la-lah.

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