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"The List of Generals" is a song written by New York music hall performer and songwriter Joe English in 1864. The song was written to praise the commanders in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It is sung to the melody of "Doran's Ass." The song is known for its praise of generals, most of whom were not effective leaders. Most notably it praises George B. McClellan, a popular leader but a poor strategist, and demands he be restored to command of the Union Army.
The only known recorded version of the song can be found on the album The Irish Volunteer.
List of Generals praised in the song
- Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler
- Major General George Meade
- Major General William Rosecrans
- Major General Franz Sigel
- Major General John Adams Dix
- Major General Nathaniel P. Banks
- Major General Ambrose Burnside
- Major General William Tecumseh Sherman
- Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher
- Brigadier General Michael Corcoran
- Major General Daniel Sickles
- Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant
- Major General George B. McClellan