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6137Re: Question re "Carry Me Back toOl' Virginny" Song

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  • flagflop
    Jan 31, 2010
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      Gerry,
      That's it.
      Dave

      --- 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:
      >
      > http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/minstrel/oldvirginnyfr.html
      >
      > 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
      >
      >
      > Gerry,
      >
      > 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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