New York Volunteer, The
DESCRIPTION: "'Twas in the days of seventy-six, When Freemen young and old, All fought for independence then." "Tis my delight to march and fight Like a New York Volunteer." The City Regiments will defend Washington. The conflict in Baltimore is recalled
EARLIEST DATE: 1862 (The Campfire Songster, according to Silber-CivWarFull)
KEYWORDS: Civilwar soldier nonballad
April, 1861 - Clashes between Massachusetts troops and the residents of Baltimore.
REFERENCES (2 citations):
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1596, p. 108, "The New-York Volunteer" (3 references)
Silber-CivWarFull, pp. 187-188, "The New York Volunteer" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Lincolnshire Poacher" (tune)
NOTES: The Baltimore conflict mentioned in this song took place on April 19, between the 6 Massachusetts regiment and civilians. The soldiers, who were very inexperienced, were being taken though the town in horsedrawn railroad cars when the mob started stoning them. Eventually the troops fired back; four soldiers were reported killed and more than three dozen wounded. At least twelve civilians are said to have been hurt. Although no other clashes were so violent, "until the end of the war, Baltimore was treated as an occupied city." (Source: Patricia L. Faust, editor, Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War, Harper & Row, 1986 (I use the 1991 Harper Collins edition), p. 37.)
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