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6133Re: Question re "Carry Me Back toOl' Virginny" Song

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  • flagflop
    Jan 30, 2010

      The problem is caused by confusion between the former (postwar) Virginia "Carry Me Back..." anthem and the one of the 1860s, which was totally different and titled "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia's Shore." (Which was not inappropraite for a recrossing of the Potomac!) The band version is on one of the readily available tape compilations, which I can dig up if interested.

      Dave Gaddy

      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> wrote:
      > Gang;
      > While doing some supplemental research for my book manuscript, I
      > came across the mention that, when Lee's army retreated across
      > the Potomac into Maryland, the soldiers demanded, and go, the
      > bands to play "Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny".
      > Upon some further investigation, what I was able to learn was
      > apparently it was written by a James Bland, an African-American,
      > ca. 1875.
      > I am currently reading a book about Generals Lee and Grant,
      > titled, "The Generals". When the Lee family left West Point upon
      > completion of Lee's term as Superintendent there, in the rain,
      > the cadet band played the family to the waiting boat at the wharf
      > to transport them back to New York for Virginia. The song the
      > cadet band played was the one mentioned above and the date was
      > the early 1850's.
      > Apparently it was a well enough known song for the cadet band at
      > West Point to know and play. So, why the discrepancy in the
      > recorded usages of the song with when the song was supposedly
      > composed?
      > Yr. Obt. Svt.
      > G E "Gerry" Mayers
      > To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
      > on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
      > Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
      > the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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