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Southern Soldier Boy

First national Southern Boy

Written in 1863 by a Captain G.W. Alexander to the tune of "The Boy With the Auburn Hair", this song has always been one of Miss Holly's favorites. It embodies the spirit of the Southern women who had absolute faith in the Southern Cause and the men who fought for it. "Nannie" is both wistful and defiant as she tells of her love and pride in her sweetheart, and her unshakeable belief in the fact that "Southrons never yield".

Our research on this tune led us to an actress named Sallie Partington, who was born in May 1834, in Islington, England. She was a popular actress of the era and worked with many famous actors, including John Wilkes Booth. During the Civil War, Sallie was considered the "toast of Richmond" and often ended her stage performance with a rousing salute to the Confederacy. She was well known for her role in the immensely popular Confederate play "The Virginia Cavalier", in which she performed the song "Southern Soldier Boy".

4. Southern Soldier Boy

Tune: The Boy with the Auburn Hair

Bob Roebuck is my sweetheart’s name, he’s off to the war and gone
He’s fighting for his Nannie dear, his sword is buckled on
He’s fighting for his own true love, his foes he does defy
He is the darling of my heart, the Southern Soldier Boy


Yo ho, yo ho, yo ho, oh ho, ho ho
For he’s my only joy
He is the darling of my heart, the Southern Soldier Boy

Oh if in battle he were slain, I’m sure that I would die
But I know he’ll return again and cheer my weeping eye
But should he fall in this, our Glorious Cause, he still would be my joy
And it’s many a sweetheart mourns the loss of a Southern Soldier Boy

I hope for the best and so do all whose hopes are in the field
But I know we will win the day, for Southrons never yield
And when we think of those who are away, we’ll look above for joy
And I’m mighty glad that my Bobby is a Southern Soldier Boy