Monday, May 9, 2016

26th NORTH CAROLINA REGIMENT - Music On The March - Tunes of the American Civil War

Music On The March - Tunes of the American Civil War
The Girl I Left Behind Me - The Old North State - Fisher's Hornpipe - Grand March in Norma - Hog Eye Man - Gary Owen - New Tatter Jack - Newport - Duke of York's Troop - White Cockade/Farewell to Whiskey - Kenderbeck's - Recruiting Sergeant/Adam Bell's March - Old 1812/Hull's Victory - Bonnie Blue Flag - Granny Will Your Dog Bite/Old Zip Coon - Come Dearest the Daylight is Gone - Governor's Island - Rogue's March/Yankee Doodle Dandy - Downfall of Paris - Wait For The Wagon/My Love She's but a Lassie - Campbells Are Coming/Do They Miss Me At Home - Empty Pockets/Hell On The Wabash
I'm not real sure where I got this CD, but it's interesting to say the least.  However you better like drums and fifes because that is all that's on it.  BUT, look at the amazing list of songs from that time frame they have saved. This is an all instrumental CD of course, but the songs take interesting twists and turns when they put two songs together in one playing.  I, like many who appreciate early old-time or traditional mountain music, will recognize some of the song titles immediately.  A lot of the music was popular on both sides of the Civil War, even General Robert E. Lee once said, "I don't believe we can have an army without music." I suspect he is right, however since this is music from the 26th North Carolina regiment it's going to be 'southernly' in nature.  The original 26th North Carolina Regiment organized in 1861 served in its home state and with the army of Northern Virginia until the surrender at Appomattox.  Noted for its valor at Gettysburg (where it lost about 85% of its men), the regiment maintained a fine brass band, but also had fifes and drums throughout the war.  The fifes and drums, along with other elements of the regiment were 're-activated' in 1982 under the auspices of the Society for Historical Preservation of the 26th North Carolina Troops.  The 26th is now among the largest single-entity reenactment units in America. They seek to honor the soldiers of the War Between the States through participation in ceremonies, living history encampments, and reenactments at sites from Gettysburg to Shiloh, including programs at state and national parks.
for Country Music News International
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