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Posted By: Lighter
03-May-21 - 03:28 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: 'Shenandoah' in the U.S. army
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Shenandoah' in the U.S. army
Nice find, Carter. Pretty certainly poorly proofread by the Tribune.

The Mexican War is probably irrelevant, since the 7th Cavalry was not formed till after the Civil War, in 1866.

The regiment was not moved from Kansas to Fort Abraham Lincoln, on the Missouri, until 1873.

By this time, of course, "Shenandoah" was already recognized as a chantey.

My guess is still that the song was brought into the army by someone who'd heard it sung as a chantey - or at least sung by a sailor.