Bad Behavior

The Many Ways to Avoid Fighting in the U.S. Civil War

Here is the full song from which the lyric on his grave comes from:

My heav’nly home is bright and fair,
Nor pain nor death can enter there;
Its glitt’ring towers the sun outshine,
That heav’nly mansion shall be mine.

I’m going home, I’m going home,
I’m going home to die no more,
To die no more, to die no more,
I’m going home to die no more.

My Father’s home is built on high,
Far, far above the starry sky;
When from this earthly prison free,
That heav’nly mansion mine shall be.

Let others seek a home below,
Which flames devour, or waves o’erflow;
Be mine a happier lot to own
A heav’nly mansion near the throne.

-William Hunter

(Hear a church group sing the full song here, which is interestingly more of a Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal song though this church did share with A.M.E. members for a short while in the first half of the 1800’s)

Sources: Delaware Public Archives, Civil War Omnibus, Ancestry.com