Something for the weekend. The Reluctant Conscript performed by Bobby Horton who has waged a one man crusade to bring Civil War era music to modern audiences. This song is typical of the type of humorous songs sung by soldiers on both sides. Civil War soldiers endured hardships and casualties that modern students of that conflict can only regard as appalling. However, the amazing thing is the good humor that those very brave men also displayed, often directed against themselves. We stand on the shoulders on the giants, and among those giants are a lot of 18-20 young men clad in blue and gray, many of whom did not get any older, and who overwhelmingly met their fates with courage and a type of laughing gallantry that is all too foreign to our debased times.