Comparing them to the venomous snake, Republicans coined the word "Copperhead" in denunciation of those Northern Democrats who opposed the war and favored peace with the South.
The Copperhead of 1864, The Chicago Copperhead, and The Copperhead of 1865.
By James G. Clark.
Published by Horace Waters, 481 Broadway
Entered according to act of Congress in A. D. 1864 by Horace Waters, in the Clerk's office of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
The Copperhead of 1864.
Words by John Holland. Music by James G. Clark.
1. Ther is a snake that haunts the grass, Des-pised by all men, white and red, Trod 'neath the hoofs of ox and ass- The glist-'ning, ven-omous copper-head. Through out three sea-sons of the year, The rat-tle-snake him-self hath fled; But when the ex-tra month ap-pear, His sut-ler is the copper-head-
2. 'Tis said that ev-ery creep-ing thing Has got some use-ful task a-head; But yet the bards have fail'd to sing One vir-tue in the copper-head, The an-cient snake in E-den's bowers From flow-'ry paths our pa-rents led; Ex - pe-rience in this age of ours Comes down up-on the copper-head-
3. But, glo-ry be to Is-rael's God! The Un-ion bird its wings has spread, Whose beak and claws shall rid the sod Of ev-'ry crawl-ing copper-head, The rat-tle-snake and cop-per-head Shall ne'er coil up fair Free-dom's bed; The Un-ion pole pokes ev-'ry hole That can co-tain a copper-head
Oh!.................. The twist-ing, wrigg-ling cop-perhead; The glist-'ning ven-omous copperhead; The man of sense can fix the tense In which to kill the cop-per-head.
Oh!.................. The wal-lowing, spong-ing cop-perhead; The hiss-ing, spitt-ing copperhead From Un-ion hands it eats its bread, And bites for thanks the cop-per-head
Oh!.................. A-las, a-las, the cop-erhead! The Un-ion stone has smashed its Head! We'll stuff its skin for men to grin At what was once a cop-per-head!