Sons of New Jersey, The
DESCRIPTION: "There was a call for volunteers sometime in last year, And there the sons of New Jersey did quickly volunteer." "Burnside now is in command" and on his way to Richmond. The men of the 24th "will fight for Uncle Sam"
EARLIEST DATE: 2008 (Cohen); probably composed 1862
KEYWORDS: soldier Civilwar nonballad
REFERENCES (2 citations):
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2210, p. 148, "The Sons of New Jersey" (1 reference)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 124-125, "The Sons of New Jersey" (1 text)
NOTES: Cohen calls the background of this song "obscure," but we have three useful facts: The song is about New Jersey troops, it refers to the "24th" (i.e. 24th New Jersey), and Burnside is now in command. But Roger D. Hunt, Colonels in Blue: Union Army Colonels of the Civil War: The Mid-Atlantic States, Stackpole, 2007, p. 187, notes that the only colonel the 24th New Jersey had was William B. Robertson, mustered in September 16, 1862 (the day before Antietam) and mustered out June 29, 1863 (just before Gettysburg).
In other words, the 24th New Jersey was a nine month regiment, formed in the fall of 1862 and joining the Federal service just about when Ambrose Burnside took command of the Army of the Potomac. The soldiers were still too new to realize how much trouble that meant they were in.... - RBW
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