Original Version By The Boys From Indiana

Three years we've been fighting, though it seems like a hundred.
Away to the South is the home I once knew.
Where my loved ones are waiting, for word from the captain
That the battle has ended for the gray and the blue.

I left dear old Georgia on the first day of April.
The grass in the valley was just turning green.
I married my Sally, just a week before leaving.
We now have a baby that I've never seen.

She sent me a letter, that told of our baby.
He's just like his daddy were the words that she said.
But that's been so long now, that it seems like forever.
And Lord I'm so homesick I wish I were dead.

Atlanta is burning, the horizon is flame.
The thunder of cannons in the distance I hear.
I think of my Sally, and the son that she gave me.
If I could just see her and the baby so dear.

A bullet has found me, and the darkness is falling.
The pain is unreal and my body's so weak.
The captain is calling, but I cannot answer.
My thoughts wander Southward as I go to sleep.

My thoughts wander Southward as I go to sleep.