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Site Instructions

Please explore the website to learn the story behind each of these new songs of the Civil War.
As you follow the lyrics, photos and essays, you will find informative links that will take you deep into each story. Each link is set up to take you on a journey without interrupting the music. Enjoy!


Welcome to, where you’ll find the history behind the music of Dream of a Good Death,  a collection of original Roots Americana songs telling personal stories of the Civil War.

A folk opera of sorts, Dream of a Good Death, was inspired by Drew Gilpin Faust’s book This Republic of Suffering.  This cycle of original songs follows the trials, hopes, fears and sacrifices of Confederate soldiers as they struggle through the Union conquest of Port Royal, the fires in The Wilderness, the killing fields of Gettysburg and Cold Harbor, and the long sieges of Vicksburg and Petersburg.

Civil War SongsAs you listen to the CD, please explore the website to learn more about the history behind each song. Along with lyrics, photos, and essays, you’ll find maps of the Rebel march to surprise the Yankee soldiers at Manassas Junction; the regimental history of the battle- worn 19th Tennessee Infantry; the colorful history of the Louisiana Tigers, and more.

Be sure also to visit the links to some of the other Civil War sites on the Internet, including The Civil War TrustNational Parks Service, Civil War, and more.

Enjoy and journey on….

Clark Hansbarger