Written by Eddy Kay

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Vocal

Kenny Lugar: Bass

Copyright 2015 Cotton Mouth Music

I really tried to write this in a 19th century style.  I believe the language is pretty accurate.  I borrowed the opening melody from a tune called 'Bonapart Crossing The Rhine'.  That melody can be traced back to the Revolutionary War.

Toward the end of the Civil War, the Union offered amnesty to any soldier willing to come to Washington to sign a loyalty oath.  This document would take them out of the war.  It would also brand them a deserter by the rebel army.

The South created a special team known as The Home Guard to capture and return these soldiers to their ranks.  Those that were captured more than once were hanged as traitors.