“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is about the Danville train, the main supply line into Richmond during the War Between the States. During the Siege of Petersburg Stoneman’s Yankees “tore up the track again.” The siege lasted from June 1864 until April 1865, when both Petersburg and Richmond fell. The Confederates were starving: “We were hungry; Just barely alive.” The South lost but forever afterwards, Southerners vowed to rise again. Perhaps that is what is a-happening now at this point in our history with the rise of Tea Parties, emphasis on honoring the Constitution and people’s concerns with loss of liberties and the demise of capitalism.
Siege of the South