Butterfield's Lullaby

Melody - Daniel Butterfield, 1862?

Daniel Butterfield, 1862?

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes
From the hills
From the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh.

Killer Angels is a book written about the battle of Gettysburg. "During the Civil War it was called Butterfield's Lullaby. It was not a song of sadness like it is today. The song was played every night at bed time, like a "lights out song".
When an officer died, they would like to do a gun salute but were afraid that the troops would think the Confederates were attacking, so they played this song instead, since it was quiet." - with thanks to Chris Stinson for this commentary.