CHARLES C. SAWYER
One of the greatest "hits" of the Civil War was Charles Sawyer's "When This Cruel War Is Over." It eventually sold over a million copies. Soldiers on both sides played the tune and sang the word "gray" or "blue" depending on their allegiance. The lyrics were so sentimental that troops were often moved to tears.
Dearest love, do you remember,
When we last did meet,
How you told me that you loved me,
kneeling at my feet?
Oh, how proud you stood before me,
In your suit of blue,
When you vowed to me and country
Ever to be true.
Weeping, sad and lonely
Hopes and fears how vain!
Yet praying, when this cruel war is over,
Praying that we meet again!