Capture of New Orleans

DESCRIPTION: "Come all you Union-loving men, wherever you may be." The singer will tell of the Union capture of New Orleans. The song details the maneuvers of the fleet as they pass the Mississippi River defenses. The _Brooklyn_ is a proud part of the fleet
AUTHOR: William Densmore of the _Brooklyn_
EARLIEST DATE: 2008 (Cohen); probably written in 1862
KEYWORDS: Civilwar navy battle river patriotic
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Cohen-AmericanFolkSongsARegionalEncyclopedia1, pp. 344-347, "Capture of New Orleans" (1 text plus a reduced copy of the original broadside)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #249, p. 18, "Capture of New Orleans" (1 reference)

cf. "The New Ballad of Lord Lovell (Mansfield Lovell)" (subject of the capture of New Orleans)
NOTES [108 words]: For background on the capture of New Orleans, see the notes to "The New Ballad of Lord Lovell (Mansfield Lovell)." The fact that this song refers to George McClellan as a Union general strongly implies that it was written in 1862, between the attack on New Orleans in April and McClellan's removal in the fall of that year. I'd guess it was composed very shortly after Farragut's fleet ran the New Orleans defenses.
It is effectively certain that it was in existence by 1870, given that it is mentioned on p. 19 of Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963. - RBW
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