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cetmst Lyr Req: Let the Band Play Dixie (Bob Gibson) (19) RE: Lyr Req: Let the Band Play Dixie (Bob Gibson) 24 Jan 10

"The tired Union soldier hobbbled on his only limb". My great grandfather Thomas Taylor served in the Union army from Gettysburg through the Wilderness and outside Richmond. He lost a leg at Peebles Farm Virginia in September 1864 and spent several months at Judiciary Square Hospital in Washington DC. He was probably discharged before the end of the war but I like to think of him as that soldier. "And wondered what the future held for him" - he got a job as tollkeeper of a bridge across the Allegheny River at Emlenton PA, apparently as some primitive Veterans' benefit. He was able to save enough to buy and operate a jewelry store until 1918.
I knew him as a kindly old man when it was my job to bring ice to him from the nearby creamery. He would reward me with horehound candies which I hated but never told him so. One of my fondest possessions is a four generation picture taken shortly before he died in 1934. Sorry to bring personal things into the thread. It's a great song apocryphal or true.

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