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Thread #109750   Message #2298369
Posted By: SouthernCelt
26-Mar-08 - 07:20 PM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Lilly Dale (H.S. Thompson)
Subject: RE: Chord Req: 'Lilly Dale' by H.S. Thompson, mid 1800
The program was about the Battle of Ball's Bluff in late 1861 (one of the early Southern victories that ultimately cost a lot of Federal commanders their jobs). The 18th Mississippi Infantry participated and Col. Erasmus Burt who was from here in Jackson, MS, (and was the founder of the Mississippi School for the Deaf which still operates today) was killed near the end of the fight. His funeral (the first one anyway) was held in a civilian home near to the battlefield) and the then popular song "Lilly Dale" was played and sung as a funeral dirge during the service. The final part of the program showed the casualties and focused slightly on Burt since he was a local. The man giving the program asked me to do the song to close the presentation.

The presentation was being given to a monthly meeting of the the local "camp," Jefferson Davis Camp 635 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In addition to occasionally performing at the meetings, I also publish the monthly newsletter and maintain the web site. A number of us who had ancestors who were officers in the Confederate Army are also members of a local chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars; the chapter is named for Col. Burt. The MOSB doesn't meet as often as SCV nor does it have as many members, but the meetings typically include a program on some facet of the War Between the States with an obvious emphasis on the Confederacy.

Long answer I know but the song wasn't done as a eulogy for a recently deceased person.