Drummer Boy of Waterloo, The [Laws J1]

DESCRIPTION: Young (Edwin) is leaving home to serve as a drummer boy at Waterloo. Though his mother is terrified for him, the lad knows no fear. But at Waterloo he is fatally wounded; he sends a dying message to his mother and is buried by moonlight on the battlefield
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1839 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(995))
KEYWORDS: war death burial mother youth
June 18, 1815 - Battle of Waterloo
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Mar) Britain Ireland
REFERENCES (17 citations):
Laws J1, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo"
Eddy 58, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text plus 2 short fragments perhaps of this song, 3 tunes)
Musick-Larkin 12, "The Drummer Boy" (1 text)
Randolph 82, "Young Edward" (1 text, 1 tune)
Moore-Southwest 62, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-1ed, pp. 77-78, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, pp. 65-66, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text, 1 tune)
FSCatskills 10, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Thompson-Pioneer 31, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text)
JHCox 82, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" ( text)
Gainer, pp. 155-156, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H728, p. 88, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownII 123, "The Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (1 text)
Hubbard, #151, "The Drummer Boy Edwin of Waterloo" (1 fragment, probably this although it's too short to be certain)
Creighton-NovaScotia 70, "Drummer Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #530, p. 35, "Drummer Boy of Waterloo" (6 references)

Roud #1804
Bodleian, Harding B 11(995), "Drummer Boy of Waterloo," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Firth c.14(303), Firth c.14(304), Firth b.25(540), Firth b.25(431), Johnson Ballads 1170, "Drummer Boy of Waterloo"; Harding B 15(89b), "Drummerboy of Waterloo"
LOCSinging, sb10084a, "Drummer Boy of Waterloo," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878; also as103200, as103210, "Drummer Boy of Waterloo"

Woodland Mary (per broadsides LOCSinging sb10084a, LOCSinging as103200, Bodleian Harding B 11(995))
NOTES [32 words]: Broadside LOCSinging sb10019b: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site.
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