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Jackson’s Arm

 

Stonewall Jackson took up arms against the Union and fought along side Robert E. Lee

But Stonewall Jackson lost his arm in Virginia, the day of his greatest victory

 

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

Lies in its own grave

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

It could not be saved

 

Now Jackson had those Yankees on the run that day

But some of his own men shot him, sad to say

 

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

Resting under the trees

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

Cut off in ‘63

                     

Jackson died a few days later in Guinea Station

They buried him without his arm, a hero to his nation

 

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

Lies beneath the trees

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

Buried in ’63

 

Now some say Gettysburg was the turning point of the war

But others say it was the day that Stonewall was no more

 

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

Resting in the old grave

Jackson’s arm, Jackson’s arm

The South it could not save

 

As Jackson lay on his deathbed, his last words were these,

"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."

 

Copyright July 2004 by Edward Szymkowiak

Spotsylvania, Virginia

(Style: Bluegrass, chords C, F, G)