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Origins: Shenandoah and the U.S. Cavalry

Rex 02 May 21 - 02:10 PM
cnd 02 May 21 - 09:16 PM
Rex 04 May 21 - 01:53 PM
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Subject: Origins: Shenandoah and the U.S. Cavalry
From: Rex
Date: 02 May 21 - 02:10 PM

I thank Gibb for directing interest to Shenandoah. I have been looking for any evidence of Shenandoah actually being sung by the U.S. Cavalry in the 1800s. I keep finding second hand references that the song was a favorite of the cavalry, the 6th and 7th
regiments in particular. But I find little to support this. The military is very good at keeping records and there should be something out there. I've reviewed several songbooks relating to the time period that mention it being a cavalry song, nothing more. It has been stated as such by John Lomax and Carl Sandburg who both refer to it as "The Wild Miz-zou-rye". Very specific. That may be to avoid confusion with another song, "Shenandoah
A Trooper's Song". I have the 1896 sheet music for that and it resembles in no way the song about crossing the wild Missouri. I have looked carefully through "Sound Off: Soldier Songs" by Edward Arthur Dolph and found nothing there. I also contacted the curator for the 1st Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood. He had no information available to him. Has anyone in Mudcat found anything to connect Shenandoah to the U.S. Cavalry?

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Subject: RE: Origins: Shenandoah and the U.S. Cavalry
From: cnd
Date: 02 May 21 - 09:16 PM

Rex -- perhaps you could see a thread which Lighter started and recently resurrected:

I will be looking into this as well, though will probably post my results there.

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Subject: RE: Origins: Shenandoah and the U.S. Cavalry
From: Rex
Date: 04 May 21 - 01:53 PM

Thanks to cnd for pointing out a very similar thread started by Lighter that escaped my knowledge. For the sake of simplicity and less work for the Mudcat support staff I will move my inquiry there.


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