Peter Hartley

Young, naive Confederate soldier filled with the vim and vigour of a young man off the fight in the American Civil War.

 

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“The Old Red Hills of Home: Part 1”

 

We need a young boy who has a great voice. We cannot open the show with a weak voice. In addition to having a great voice, you will be expected to be able to fall on the stage realistically as you are being blown up.

The boy known as Young Soldier was born in 1843, on May 22, the day the first major wagon train headed for the American Northwest set out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.

He is a typical “coyote-faced, knock-kneed, jug-eared, sinewy” country boy. He’d picked cotton and rice as a six-year-old, worked in a slaughterhouse as a teenager and carried hundred-pound blocks of ice for a penny a day. He was happiest when he worked with his hands and sweat until he stunk.

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Young Soldier

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When the American Civil War was declared in 1861, he was drafted into the Confederate army as a lowly infantryman. He is now 19.

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They brought parasols and picnic boxes,
dressed like they’s hunting foxes
but could nor more fight than fly!
They thought at Bull Run they’d put us down
but that ain’t quite what they found.
Now here’s the reason why:
We’re just Southern boys, raising hell right now! (Rebel yell)
We’re just Southern boys, doing well right now! (Rebel yells)

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They got many more men than us,
got the arms but not the guts.
They ain’t the kind to win.
We whipped ’em bad at Ball’s Bluff,
at Wilson’s Creek – treated ’em rough,
pretty soon they’ll give in.
We’re just Southern boys, raising hell right now! (Rebel yell)
We’re just Southern boys, doing well right now! (Rebel yells)

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Sweet spirit of Dixie – just drives us along,
like the Mississippi flows – the Southland rolls on and on!

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(INSTRUMENTAL BREAK)

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We got horsemen like you’ve never seen,
gunmen that shoot so mean,
farm boys with fists of steel.
We’ve got the finest generals ever known,
Jackson stands like a “wall of stone”,
we won’t beg and kneel.
We’re just Southern boys, raising hell right now! (Rebel yell)
We’re just Southern boys, doing well right now! (Rebel yell)
We’re just Southern boys, raising hell right now! (Rebel yell)
We’re just Southern boys, doing well right now! (Rebel yell)
We’re just Southern boys, raising hell right now! (Rebel yell)

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Southern Boys – Steve Cash
“White Mansions – A tale from the American Civil War”

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Despite all this, the life of a Confederate soldier in the 1860s was an arduous one, and for the thousands of young Americans who left home to fight for their cause, it was an experience none of them would ever forget. Military service meant many months away from home and loved ones, long hours of drill, often inadequate food or shelter, disease, and many days spent marching on hot, dusty roads or in a driving rainstorm burdened with everything a man needed to be a soldier as well as baggage enough to make his life as comfortable as possible. There were long stretches of boredom in camp interspersed with moments of sheer terror experienced on the battlefield.

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Young Soldier with Young Lila

 

The life expectancy of a “Johnny Reb” was about seven months!

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