Patriotic Song Sheet - "A Soldier's Dream Before a Battle" - By a Soldier of the Army of the Cumberland

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Patriotic Song Sheet - "A Soldier's Dream Before a Battle" - By a Soldier of the Army of the Cumberland

145.00

Item No. 2743898

A lovely patriotic song sheet called “A Soldier’s Dream Before a Battle,” written “by a Soldier of the Army of the Cumberland” at Camp Smith, Tennessee, in October 1864. Printed on ordinary lined writing paper, the song sheet lists a 10-cent price at the top. It measures about 5” x 8” and is in excellent condition with just an old staple hole at the top center. The lyrics describe a soldier dreaming of home and family, only to fall on the battlefield:

Its midnight now in Tennessee,
There is no sound, but in the forest tree,
The cold October winds blow wild.
I’m sad when I think of the soldier’s child.

The soldier lies in his tent and dreams
Of his home in the North, and the bright running streams,
Of the wife of his youth, and the old cottage home,
Where, when but a boy, they delighted to roam.

He dreams of his parent's’ that’s beneath the cold sod,
They are resting their bodies, their souls are with God;
He dreams of his daughter, so beautiful and mild,
That’s with her mother, a poor soldier’s child.

The bugle is sounded, the war path must be tread;
He thinks of his friends, he leaves them with God;
He rushes to battle, with the thousands so true,
To die ‘neath the folds, of the red white and blue.

He has fought his last fight, his country to save,
To conquer the foe, that seeks to enslave;
He fell in the battle, so fierce and wild,
And he breathed his last prayer, for the soldier’s child.

From the field of the battle his body is borne
To rest in the grave, ‘till the great judgement morn;
In his grave near the Camp may he find sweet repose,
And his friends the spot, when the war shall close.

Camp Smith, Tennessee, October 28th, 1864

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