Sung to the tune of "The Wandering Sailor," this song recounts one survivor's take on the battle that convinced everyone, North and South, that the War was going to be a longer, bloodier affair than anyone had imagined. The two-day conflict, which began on April 6, 1862, went in favor of the South on the first day but ended in a Union triumph on April 7. Confederate President Jefferson Davis's favorite general, Albert Sidney Johnston, bled to death on the field for lack of a simple tourniquet, and the stars of Federal Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman began to rise as a result of their dramatic "come-from-behind" victory.
Thanks to Jim Whitesell for contributing the lyrics to this song in memory of
Peter Emmanuel Whitesell (33rd Virginia Infantry), John Jefferson Whitesell (2nd Virginia Infantry), Samuel Harrison Whitesell (54th Virginia Infantry), and all of the Whitesell and Riedel families of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, who sacrificed and suffered during the War Between The States.