In 1861 the Green and Barren Rivers were navigable from the Ohio River deep into Kentucky all the way to Bowling Green. Every lock and dam along that route suddenly became important military targets.
Dam #2 at Calhoun was guarded by a large contingent of Federal troops that organized and trained at Camp Calhoun.
In a short time diseases ran rampant. Hundreds of soldiers died and were buried at Camp Calhoun. Those soldiers that survived the various illnesses were sent to battlefields far and wide. They participated in most every large engagement in the Western Theater of the Civil War.
This song is the story of two farm boys who became friends at Camp Calhoun.