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O Martha Sweet Martha

O Martha my wife, fair you well Dear

Iím going to leave you for several long years

Iím going to leave you always it may be

A valued true soldier to live and die free

Our countryís invaded and this you well know

 

To God my protector my soul he commands

O will you Dear Martha upon Him depend

He will never forsake you though often you cry

May mercy surround you Dear Martha Good-Bye.

 

This poem was written by

 William F. Thompson to his wife Martha E. Bennett Thompson
upon leaving to join the Confederate Army on July 11, 1861.
He died in battle at Yorktown, Virginia on January 10, 1862

 

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