The forgotten hero of the Alabama, Thomass H Cuddy.
Lost in Liverpool Bay, January 1865, on the Leila.

Hero From Afar

Close by the Mersey River,
Just out beyond the bar
A Charleston boy lies sleeping
The hero from afar.

He sailed upon the Sumter
This McGillicuddy son
And mighty Alabama
From whence he fired her gun.

Yet now he lies forgotten here,
Alone beneath the wave,
This Carolina sailor boy
With testament so brave.

No cross or stone to bear his name
Do any weep for him?
As he lies beneath the Mersey
Where light is ever dim.

I salute thee Thomas Cuddy
Call Dixie now to task,
Remember all your heroes,
Is that too much to ask?

Copyright Roy Rawlinson 2001