Johnny Horton was a country music star during the 1950's, and is still popular to those who enjoy the older musical style embodied by him and the likes of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. and Ferlin Husky. His ballads run the gamut from adventurous to amorous, and quite often they are laced with humor.
Unfortunately Horton was killed by a drunk driver on a narrow bridge in Texas on November 5, 1960, and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Haughton, Louisiana. 
Although I was not born until after his death, I remember hearing Horton's songs on the barber shop radio or on Dads car radio (when we got close enough to the transmitter) well into the 1960's. Perhaps at that young age and unbeknownst to me, my love of history was being developed. Songs like Johnny Reb, Sink The Bismark, and The Battle of New Orleans were the most common of his songs based on a historical theme, and songs like North! To Alaska! and Whispering Pines would always pop up. Johnny Horton has long been one of my favorites.
That said, my YouTube research will usually find a path to Johnny Horton, and for you listening pleasure, I present two more of my “finds”. These songs were produced in 1959 or 1960, just in time for the Centennial of the war which may have added to their popularity.In keeping with my policy of balance, there is one representing the Union and one for the Confederacy.
I posted this latest edition of YouTube Research in part to let my loyal reader know I am still here. That is if that person has not given up on me already. I am still chasing down stories to tell, but have encountered several dead ends. That has discouraged me terribly. Additionally I have been ill with an upper respiratory infection which I have just about whooped and school started again in August. Two more years and I will be “edjukatud”! Add trying to make a living to the mix and spare time comes at a premium. I will say this. Now would be a good time to “follow me by email”. I hate to waste everyone’s time having them come and find old posts.
I am also trying to regain some of my research and writing discipline which has gone away over the last several weeks. Other bloggers seem to have no trouble posting and I am sure they are just as busy if not busier than I am. Rest assured though that I am still here and trying!
Thanks for stopping by!
1- Retrieved from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Horton 09-29-2012