As I Went Down to Newbern
DESCRIPTION: "As I went down to Newbern, I went there on the tide, I just got there in time To be taken by Old Burnside." The singer complains of his treatment and bets that the Yankees will run every time they fight the Confederates
EARLIEST DATE: 1913 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: Civilwar prisoner
Feb. 7, 1862 - Burnside's North Carolina expedition approaches Roanoke Island
Feb. 8, 1862 - Burnside defeats Henry Wise's local troops to capture Roanoke Island
Mar. 14, 1862 - Burnside takes New Bern
Apr. 26, 1862 - Burnside captures Beaufort
July 3, 1862 - Burnside and some 7500 of his troops are transferred to the Army of the Potomac
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
BrownII 282, "As I Went Down to Newbern" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 282, "As I Went Down to New Bern" (notes only)
Cohen-AFS1, p. 235, "As I Went to Newbern" (1 text)
cf. "I Can Whip the Scoundrel" (lyrics, theme, subject?)
NOTES [92 words]: This short little item looks both fragmentary and composite; the first part is about the Union occupation of northeastern North Carolina, but the second is a boast against the Yankees. They might belong together, but I suspect the final stanza was grafted in after the New Bern song lost most of its verses.
On top of that, it derives material from "I Can Whip the Scoundrel"; if the two songs were fuller, we might well find that they are the same.
BrownSchinhan seems to imply that Brown's source notes were wrong. In all, a very confusing piece. - RBW
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