The singer remembers the dead at Stones River. He recalls finding a dying youth. The soldier sends greetings to his family, then dies
Ohio Complete text(s) *** A *** From Mary O. Eddy, Ballads and Songs from Ohio, #127, pp. 287-288. From Mrs. James Robertson, Perrysville, Ohio. 1. Among the pines that overlook Stone River's rocky bed, Ohio mourns many a son That's numbered with the dead. 2. As night closed down the bloody scenes, Returning o'er the dead, I heard the pitiful mourns of one Laid low by mortal wounds. 3. I filled his canteen from a spring Below Stone River's banks; I built a fire of cedar wood, The night being cold and damp. 4. They set me down to ask of him If he did wish to send Some last request of parting words To mother, sister, friend. 5. "I have some words," the boy replied, "Which they would like to hear. ... ... 6. "Tell sister that I've read with care The holy ties in dear, The Bible mother gave me Before I volunteered. 7. "I'm very tired of talking now, Please raise me up some high, And fold my blankets close around, And build a larger fire." 8. But oh, he died that stormy night, No friends, no kin drew near, To wipe death's damp from o'er his brow, Or shed affectionate tear.
It is hard to say who won the Battle of Stones' River/Murfreesboro. The battle pitted William S. Rosecrans's Army of the Cumberland against Braxton Bragg's Confederate army. Rosecrans had been advancing into Tennessee, and Bragg set out to stop him.
In the first phase of the battle, on Dec. 31, Bragg drove back but did not destroy Rosecrans's right. Jan. 1, 1863 was quiet, but Bragg tried again on Jan. 2. Again he failed to decisively defeat the Federals.
After spending the day of Jan. 3 on the field, Bragg's army retreated. The federal army had been so badly mauled that it would be half a year before it moved again -- but Rosecrans held the field and his gains. - RBW