I found this by way of a forum search (click), which is a handy tool on the main forum page. Check it out and you might also find that Sam Bush sang it on A Prarie Home Companion one or two Januarys ago and you can hear it on the PHC site (click here). If I had taken the time to figure out how to put links in here I could lead you right over there. I'll just have to do a forum search on HTML stuff or 'blue-clicky-thing' and I'll find out how.
LAST LETTER HOME
I have heard the cannons thundering all night,
And I cannot help but wonder,
Why's the Rebel Cause so right?
And the morphine seems to do no good at all.
I would run away, if I would not fall.
Well I joined the Southern cavalry for fun.
Must have rode a thousand horses;
Always had a way with a gun.
Now I'm among the horseless riders lying still.
Swallowed up by the Cause on Hero's (the Widow's) Hill.
And I dreamed of a rose in a Spanish garden,
And I kissed you and placed it in your hair.
And, if I'm ever on my feet again, I will,
I will run all the way just to meet you there.
Through the day I watched those Southern boys go down.
And they lay like Georgia peaches
Bruised and broken on the ground.
Through the night I wondered if it was worth the pain,
And I cried out not revenge, but I called your name.