02
Jul
11

2 July 1862: The Vacant Chair

Our nation was born in strife, and the costs of preserving our liberties have been paid by brave men and women from “That rude bridge” at Lexington, to all parts of this good Earth.  While we enjoy ourselves and revel in the celebrations of our nation’s birthday, let us not forget those who gave their tomorrow’s for our todays.

This song, “The Vacant Chair“, was written during the civil war, and was popular with soldiers and families on both sides of that terrible conflict. It’s words are as poignant and relevant today as then.  God Bless all our fallen, and all who have stood up to stand in the ranks on behalf of our Families, Liberties, and Constitution.

Most of all, God Bless America.

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2 Responses to “2 July 1862: The Vacant Chair”


  1. 1 virgil xenophon
    July 2, 2011 at 19:59

    Thanks, Tim. I wasn’t for some reason aware of that song. I have a book of popular songs of Americana, Civil War songs among them, and that one isn’t in it. (I always was partial to “Tenting Tonight” and “After the Battle, Mother.”)

  2. July 2, 2011 at 20:37

    Good post, Tim. I saw something earlier where people on a beach in San Diego were being interviewed & asked why we celebrate the 4th of July. Sad to say, a lot of them had no idea, which absolutely boggles my mind!!

    There’s a Southern Gospel/Country song that has this same tune, “Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad”. Took me forever to think of the name of it. Been walking around humming it trying to stimulate the old brain cells. 😉 Kathy Mattea was a bit young in this vid & I’m pretty sure that’s a young Jerry Douglas (dobro guru extraordinaire) on the dobro. Enjoyed it!


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