Civil War Poem by James William Curnutte, Co. G

Civil War Poem
By James William Curnutte, Co. G

      One morning, one morning as I walked out so gay
      I heard a pore soldier lamenting & say
      I am a veteran soldier and far away from home
      My regiment's disbanded and I am left to roam.

      The furlow was enticing the bounty it was large
      but I'd freely give it all if I could be discharged
      but now I see my folly alas it is too late.
      away down South in georgia all in that Southern State.

      The furlow was enticing but that I never got
      They taken me to Georgia it is my unhappy lot
      The officers then lied tonight that they (often do)
      And now my dear relation I bid you all adieu

      My parents they entreated me by night and by day
      to leave off reenlisting with them to come & stay
      My true love has forsaken me my money is all spent
      I am left hear in the army to make my lament.

      O how I long to sea the time that I can be set free
      that I can return to my home and country
      my heart is fool of sorrow my head with akeing pain
      I fear that I shall never sea my native home again.

      I can't eat when I get hungrey nor drink when I get dry
      if the rebels don't cill me Some other death I'll die
      hard times and the Johnies has caused me to roam
      I am a veteran soldier and fare away from home

      go build me castle all on you mountain high
      that I can sea my true love as She passes by
      with a bottle of good whiskey and a good glass of wine
      that She can drink to her true love and I can drink to mine

      to Stand sentinal I'll be wounded in battle I'll be slain
      my heart will burst a soldier if I never again
      I my be cald a soldier 500 mile from home

      O how I long to sea the time when I can be set free
      So I can return to my home to my loveing country
      but I'll by and content myself for hear I bound to stay
      I'll pass the nites in dreary dreams and sleep the time away

      March 1863

      Trust the Lord

      Sept. the 18

Contributed by: Leslie Nofoagatoto'a