Words: P. Pindar, Esq.
Music: P. Nutt, Esq.
"Soldiering can be a very dull job, " says Bell Irwin Wiley in his Life of Johnny Reb.
From the diary of a Confederate soldier, James Kuykendall, we get this impression: "None can imagine, who has never experienced a soldier's life, the languor of mind-tediousness of time, as we resume day after day the monotonous duties devolved upon us. ".
One way of passing the time, when not on the march or at drill, was to get together around the campfire and enjoy some informal singing, This delightful Confederate song has a spontaneity and simplicity with that spirit of songmaking and rhyme that lets the mind forget the orders, the dust and the blistering feet.