The Field of Antietam

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Melody - "Last Rose of Summer"
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late 1862

On the field of Antietam
The battle was fought;
By the blood of the valiant
The victory was bought.
The heart of the nation
In rapture and wo,
O'er the field of Antietam
Bends prayerful and low.
2. On the field of Antietam
Our bravest went down;
Death's chaplet of cypress
The laurel did crown.
But, oh, as eternal
As memory, shall be
The red field of Antietam
In the hearts of the free.
3. On the field of Antietam
Lie buried the dead.
With the great hills around them,
The stars overhead.
Like those stars in the heavens
Eternal shall shine
O'er the field of Antietam
Their glory divinee.


from Civil War Song Sheets, Series 1, Volume 1.

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