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Lyr Add: The Veterans of '64 (US Civil War song)

Dunkle 13 Nov 01 - 09:02 AM
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Dunkle 16 Nov 01 - 08:26 AM
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Subject: Civil War song - 'Vets of '64'
From: Dunkle
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 09:02 AM

I just inherited some previously-unknown-to-me Civil War era letters from my 16 year-old relative in the 51 NY volunteers, many from his location at the siege of Petersburg, VA, to his mom and sisters back home in Brooklyn. Interesting stuff! Anyway, one of the letters is written on paper on which is written the words of a song "The Veterans of '64", sung to the air of "The Enniskillen Dragoon". I've done a Google search, and found a midi file that lets me listen to the melody, but I can't tell if "The Veterans of '64" is a known entity or not. Is there anyone on mudcat with the expertise to help me with context? Would it be useful to someone for me to post the words somewhere? Thanks, Don H.

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Subject: RE: Civil War song - 'Vets of '64'
From: JedMarum
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 09:07 AM

I don't know the answer to your question, Dunkle - but I'd love to see the lyrics. Can you post the here? I'll bet there're a few more songs among those letters too!

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE VETERANS OF '64
From: Dunkle
Date: 13 Nov 01 - 09:23 AM

Well, why not...

Air - The Enniskillen Dragoon

Our soldiers of the great campaign
Have all a lawful claim
On those who love to write and sing
In honor of their fame
Then let me sing a song for you,
I never sung before-
'Tis of our Veteran Volunteers
Of eighteen-sixty-four.

The Battle of the Wilderness
Where many heroes fell,
Presented such an awful scene,
No words can ever tell.
And though our loss was very dire,
The rebels lost still more;
And their bodies were consumed by fire
In eighteen-sixty-four.

The fight at Spotsylvania
As a record shall remain;
We are too much for the Johnnies
When they fight in open plain.
With the battle cry of "Liberty!"
We down upon them bore,
And routed them completely
In the war of sixty-four.

The Battle of Coal Harbor, too,
Was also fought and won,
Before the siege of Petersburg
Our vet'rans had begun.
And 'ere our plan to them was known,
A thousand Rebs and more
Five hundred feet on high were blown
In eighteen-sixty-four.

"The Rebel Raid in Maryland"
Was quite a cunning plan;
But it was soon checkmated
By our general in command.
With his ever ready veteran band,
The sixth and nineteenth corps;
They were driven back to Dixie's land
In eighteen-sixty-four.

And in the general hospitals
You read in language plain,
Where wounded soldiers thin and pale
Ne'er murmur or complain,
That our cause will be triumphant-
For these veterans sick and sore,
Pray for success to General Grant
And the war of sixty-four.

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Subject: RE: Civil War song - 'Vets of '64'
From: Dunkle
Date: 16 Nov 01 - 08:26 AM

(I'm going to add this message just so the original post has a chance to work its way through the current original request still stands! Thanks, Don H.)

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Subject: RE: Civil War song - 'Vets of '64'
From: Uncle Jaque
Date: 30 Nov 01 - 12:27 AM

That's a new one on me, Pard - and I collect this stuff! Since over 3,000 songs were written (that are known of, any way) during the ACW, this is not unusual. I'll keep an eye out for published examples of it.

In the meantime - could you kindly direct us to the source of that MIDI file of "The Enniskillen Dragoon"? Frankly, I've never heard of that one either!

I reenact with the 3rd Maine Volunteers (1st Div. III Corps), who fought in several of the Battles mentioned in this song - perhaps not that far from your Ancestor. One of my Ancestors was wounded at the Battle of Cold (sometimes spelled "Coal") Harbor with the 25th Mass. Vol. Inf., 2nd Div. 18th Corps.

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Subject: RE: Civil War song - 'Vets of '64'
From: Dunkle
Date: 30 Nov 01 - 08:14 AM

Hello UJ - As I said, I just did a 'google' search, and of the several sites listed, I chose this one:

Thanks for your info! Don.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Veterans of '64 (US Civil War song)
Date: 31 Jan 14 - 12:36 PM

Linda Moore, Hillsdale College
We also have a letter printed on stationary with the same lyrics but our lyrics are set to the "Air-Within a Mile of Edinboro' Town". Under the graphic in red "Packages sent by mail, post paid, to any part of the Army or United States. Address--R.B. Nicol care Gibson Brothers, Printers, 271 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC" At the bottom of the sheet in red "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1864 by R.B. Nicol, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia" R.B.Nicol composed a number of Civil War songs.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Veterans of '64 (US Civil War song)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 31 Jan 14 - 12:46 PM

Nice to see this one resurface...


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