In 1837 a Cleveland militia of men were born To guard this growing city thru the night and thru the morn. Answering the call of duty wherever it may be Defending our nation’s interests on this land and across the sea.
A fighting force forever strong, never weak or scared Willing to fight any battle and “always prepared!” Called to save a nation in abloody Civil War Pulling our country together to last forevermore.
With President Lincoln in the beginning and to the very end Escorting our fallen leader, saying goodbye to our honored friend. From Washington to Springfield, guarding along the way Riding a train of sorrow in our country’s darkest day.
On to our southern border hunting down a foreign foe Chasinga Mexican bandit because Pancho Villa had to go! On to the first Great War in battle at Meuse – Argonne, France This is where Grays’ bullets taught the Germans how to dance!
Patriots now and forever supporting our soldiers every need Our hearts do go with them… red, white and blue we do bleed. God bless our great nation and watch over her we do pray Yes, we’reproud to be Americans and especially a Cleveland Gray!
*Dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Brigadier General John Rea McQuigg of Wooster, Ohio,(grandson of John McQuigg Sr. & Sarah McAfee of Wooster, OH) General McQuigg was a member of Ohio Army National Guard, Cleveland Grays, 1925 National Commander of the American Legion and 1996 Inductee (posthumous) Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Three term mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio. Veteran of Spanish American War, Mexican Conflict and World War 1.
Author – Jerry A. “Jay” McAfee (2005 – 2011 member of the Cleveland Grays) Hannibal, Missouri Written November 22, 2010