Judy Cook, Folksinger

One Man's Civil War

We tell the story of Gilbert Claflin’s nine months in the Union Army through excerpts of letters, songs of the Civil War, and projected images. Gilbert was Judy’s great-great-grandfather, a Wisconsin farmer, drafted at age 40, and stationed at a fort in Western KY on the Mississippi River. The songs and tunes include both well-known and unfamiliar gems. The themes are timeless: joy and sorrow, humor, courage and love. Each song and tune helps to tell the story. The story is told in the words of the people of the day: the writers of the songs and Gilbert and Esther. The audience is transported to the days of the Civil War in a very personal, eye-witness experience. The letters between Judy's great-great-grandparents are in her book A Quiet Corner of the War (University of Wisconsin Press).

Recordings are Copyright Judy Cook and free for your personal use.
Audio from WOBC
Higher resolution versions of all recordings are available for presentation. Contact Judy for permission and files.

16 Songs

TitleSourceLyricsRecordings
Follow The Drinkin' Gourd Source Lyrics Recordings
Get Off the Track Source Lyrics
Goober Peas Source Lyrics
Grafted Into the Army Source Lyrics Recordings
Greencastle Jenny Source Lyrics Recordings
Hard Crackers Come Again No More Source Lyrics
Hard Times Come Again No More Source Lyrics Recordings
Here's Your Mule Source Lyrics
Lorena Source Lyrics
Monitor & Merrimac Source Lyrics
Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel Source Lyrics
Ring The Bell Watchman Source Lyrics
Southern Girl's Reply Source Lyrics
Tenting Tonight Source Lyrics
Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! Source Lyrics
We Are Coming from the Cottonfields Source Lyrics