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"All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight"
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Harper's Ferry, seen from Maryland side of the
Potomac River. Photo taken by Kevin Smith on
May 7, 2005

Harpers Ferry is a town in Jefferson County, West
Virginia, situated on the banks of the Potomac and
Shenandoah Rivers where the U.S. states of
Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. The
town is surrounded by mountains and is at the
bottom of a ravine created by the two rivers. The
town is best known historically for John Brown's
raid on the Armory in 1859. The town was still in
Virginia at the time of the raid. The population was
307 at the 2000 census.
The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake
Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the
United States (USA). The river is approximately
413 statute miles (665 km) long, with a drainage
area of about 14,700 square miles (38,000 km²).
In terms of area, this makes the Potomac River
the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of
the USA and the 21st largest in the USA. Over 5
million people live within the Potomac watershed,
where precipitation provides the equivalent of
over 8 m³ (more than 2,100 US gallons) of water
per person per year.

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Song Lyrics;
All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight
(186-)
Words by Lamar Fontaine  1829-1921
Music by John H. Hewitt  1801-1890

All quiet along the Potomac, they say,
Except now and then a stray picket
Is shot as he walks on his beat to and fro,
By a rifleman hid in the thicket.
'Tis nothing, a private or two now and then
Will not count in the news of the battle;
Not an officer lost, only one of the men,
Moaning out all alone the death rattle.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

All quiet along the Potomac tonight,
where the soldiers lie peacefully dreaming,
and their tents in the rays of the clear autumn moon,
and the light of the camp fires are gleaming;
there's only the sound of the lone sentry's tread,
as he tramps for the rock to the fountain,
and thinks of the two on the low trundle bed,
far away in the cot on the mountain.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

His musket falls slack - his face dark and grim,
grows gentle with memories tender,
as he mutters a pray'r for the children asleep,
and their Mother - "may heaven defend her!"
The moon seems to shine as brightly as then -
that night when a love yet unspoken
leap'd up to his lips and when low murmur'd vows
were pledg'd to be ever unbroken.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

Then drawing his sleeve roughly over his eye
He dashes off tears that are welling,
And gathers his gun closer up to its place
As if to keep down the heart-swelling.
He passes the fountain, the blasted pine tree
The footstep is lagging and weary;
Yet onward he goes, through the broad belt of light,
Toward the shades of the forest so dreary.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"

Hark! Was it the night wind that rustled the leaves,
Was it moonlight so wondrously flashing?
It looks like a rifle -- "Ah! Mary, good-bye!"
And the lifeblood is ebbing and splashing.
All quiet along the Potomac tonight,
No sound save the rush of the river;
While soft falls the dew on the face of the dead -
The picket's off duty forever.
"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
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Home of George Washington, east portico  -  Mount Vernon, VA.  Facing the Potomac River,
the mansion's most prominent feature is a high-columned piazza which extends the full length of the
house.  This was Washington's own innovative design which gave the home architectural distinction.
Photo:  Russ Finley
Psalm 23
A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.
NIV
"American Patriotic Music"
by, Christopher W. French
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1. America The Beautiful
2. All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight
3. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
4. The Star-Spangled Banner
5. Yankee Doodle/Dandy
6. Listen to The Gettysburg Address
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