North American Rebels
DESCRIPTION: Troops prepare to sail to fight in North America. Women ask to be taken as well; the Captain says the ship is overloaded. They (the women?) are not afraid to go. After a bloody fight the soldier's wives and babies mourn their dead
EARLIEST DATE: before 1855 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.14(199))
KEYWORDS: parting separation war America wife soldier Indians(Am.)
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 107, "North American Rebels"
Bodleian, Firth c.14(199), "North of America" ("As we sailed out of Glasgow, being in the month of June"), E.M.A. Hodges (London), 1846-1854; also Harding B 25(1378)[some words illegible], "North America"
cf. "Farewell to Kingsbridge" (shared lines and general theme)
NOTES: The troops may leave Glasgow or Plymouth, the fight may be against rebels or Indians, and the woman questioning the Captain may be named Polly or Nancy.
There are six lines shared between the Bodleian broadsides of "North American Rebels" and the "Ballad Sheet and Garland" text of "Farewell to Kingsbridge": wives "lamenting for their husbands" and children crying "mommy"; God bless the King, soldiers on land and sea, and our army in North America. - BS
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