Grafted into the Army

DESCRIPTION: "Our Jimmy has gone for to live in a tent, They have grafted him into the army... I told them the child was too young, alas! At the Captain's forequarters they said he would pass...." The mother talks of her little boy in the army; she hopes he comes back
AUTHOR: Henry Clay Work
EARLIEST DATE: 1862 (sheet music published by Root & Cady, according to Silber-CivWarFull; the version in WorkSongs just says "186_")
KEYWORDS: soldier mother youth humorous
REFERENCES (8 citations):
WorkSongs, pp.137-140, "Grafted Into The Army" (1 text, 1 tune, a copy of the original sheet music)
ThompsonNewYork, pp. 361-362, "(no title)" (1 text)
Lawrence, p. 371, "Grafted Into the Army" (1 text, a copy of a Johnson & Co. broadside)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #799, p. 53, "Grafted Into the Army" (13 references)
Sllber-CivWarFull, pp. 311-313, "Grafted into the Army (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-CivWarAbbr, pp. 68-69, "Grafted into the Army" (1 text, 1 tune)
Messerli, pp. 113-115, "Grafted into the Army" (1 text)

Roud #6596
NOTES [58 words]: Various authors note that Henry Clay Work's verb "grafted" is a multi-layered pun. It is, on its face, a mis-statement of "drafted"; it is a form of "grafting," as in combining the branches of different trees -- and it reminds us of graft, as in financial illegalities, which were common among military suppliers and recruiters in this period. - RBW
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