DESCRIPTION: "Come, all you brave Americans, don't let us disagree." The singer says that the "free sons of America" are never afraid. They came to New Orleans with Jackson and defeat the British. "We'll show the British Grenadiers that Uncle Sam is free."
EARLIEST DATE: 2008 (Cohen); probably published by 1837
KEYWORDS: war patriotic battle
Jan 8, 1815 - Battle of New Orleans. Although a peace had already been signed, word had not yet reached Louisiana, which Pakenham sought to invade. Andrew Jackson's backwoodsmen easily repulsed Pakenham's force; the British commander was killed in the battle.
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cohen-AmericanFolkSongsARegionalEncyclopedia1, pp. 341-342, "Jackson's Victory" (1 text)
cf. "The Battle of New Orleans" [Laws A7] and references there
NOTES [62 words]: For background on the Battle of New Orleans (which this song describes with a mixture of accuracy and inaccuracy), see the notes to "The Battle of New Orleans" [Laws A7].
Looking at the song, I wonder a little if it wasn't intended to support one of Andrew Jackson's political campaigns. Jackson was an exrremely controversial figure, but it asks people not to disagree. - RBW
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