One of the best-loved of all Confederate songs, this poem was written by Marie Ravenal de la Coste, the daughter of French parents who had emigrated to Savannnah, Georgia. Marie taught French but was inspired to try her hand at poetry when her fiance, a captain in the Confederate Army, was killed in combat. After his death, Marie made a practice of visiting wounded soldiers in Savannah's hospitals, bringing them flowers and fruit and keeping them company. She composed these moving verses about the loss of a loved one in battle after seeing an unidentified young soldier with a fatal wound brought into the ward where she was visiting.

"Somebody's Darling"

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