Shawneetown Flood

DESCRIPTION: "In the town of Shawneetown, When the evening shades came down, On a quiet sabbath evening cold and gray," the bells ring to warn of a flood. Various people try to help, but many are killed. The song appeals for help for the victims
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1938 (Neely)
KEYWORDS: river flood death disaster
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
Apr 3, 1898 - A levee failure causes Shawneetown, Illinois, to be flooded. 25 people are said to have been drowned, 200 homes destroyed, and communication with the outside world was cut off, meaning that relief was slow in coming
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Neely, pp. 264-265, "Shawneetown Flood" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 449-450, "Shawneetown Flood" (1 text)

Roud #4343
NOTES: Neely's notes say that this song commemorates a flood which took place in 1913. However, Cohen found a broadside dating from an 1898 flood. It is possible, however, that the 1913 flood kept the song in circulation until Neely collected it. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.2
File: CAFS449B

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