VIDEO: “Lorena” – The Civil War’s Most Beloved Song – by Jim Surkamp

Lorena TRT: 6:58
Mandolin played by Zythyra Austen

“Lorena” – when sung well – could make a young soldier up, leave camp and walk all the way home to his sweetheart. Feared and also loved by their commanders, sometimes it was banned from the campfire songfests because of its poignant power over good fighting morale.

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Crossings & Campfires – September-October, 1862 After Sharpsburg

Overview Google Map

September 18-19:


Stuart Crossing: Terrapin Neck – 39.4932 -77.7898


Lee, Jackson, main army crossing: Boteler’s Ford – 39.43015 -77.7828

September 19-20:


Stuart crossing & re-cross: Williamsport, MD. – 39.6059 -77.8350


Lee headquarters and camp: – Staley Farm – 39.4615 -77.8388
– Snyder, Henry L.

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25 “Perfect” Days – The Bower’s Happenings – fall, 1862

Thursday, September 18, 1862 – Sharpsburg, MD:

Weather: warm in the day, a heavy thunder storm in the evening. – (Hotchkiss, p. 83)

A day after the dreadful Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg abated, Confederate forces surreptitiously re-crossed the Potomac River into Virginia at different points, most crossing at Boteler’s Ford below Shepherdstown.

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