We've all heard it, but do you know the words and story?
Yes, There are words, as a matter of fact there are three stanza's.
Well back in 1862 during the War between the States when the
Union Army was stalled at Richmond near Harrison's Landing, the
fighting was ferocious. One night after skirmishing the wounded
and dying lay in the field, crying, moaning, and begging for help.
Union Captain Robert Ellicombe heard the cry of a soldier just
outside his perimeter, not knowing whether the soldier was union
or Confederate he decided to rescue the man. Crawling under fire
he reached the soldier, (a Confederate) and pulled him back only
to find the soldier died before he returned within his lines.
Even more surprised and shocked, he discovered the
Confederate soldier was his own son whom enlisted with the south
while attending college in New Orleans. His son was a musical
student and wrote the music. Captain Ellicombe requested a full
military burial despite his son's enemy statues to his superiors but
was denied. Out of repect for the Captian he was allowed to have
one musician, he chose a bugler and asked the bugler to play the
notes he found in his son's pocket. Later this song was adopted by
Union General, Daniel Butterfield, The US Army and many
Confederate units adopted this song as a call for lights out and
funerals. Here are the words;
Day is gone Fading light Thanks and praise
Gone the sun Dims the sight For our days
From the lakes And a star Neath the sun
From the hills Gems the sky Neath the stars
From the sky Gleaming bright Neath the sky
All is well From afar As we go
Safely rest Drawing nigh This we know
God is nigh Falls the night God is Good