6137Re: Question re "Carry Me Back toOl' Virginny" Song
- Jan 31, 2010Gerry,
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> wrote:
> Dear Dave,
> Apropos to your earlier email, would you review the attached link
> and inform me if this is the song you referred to:
> Thank you kindly!
> 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
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "flagflop" <dwgaddy@...>
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:58 AM
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question re "Carry Me Back toOl'
> Virginny" Song
> 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@>
> > 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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