A military history of the late 17th century and the early 18th century
Great to hear this again after so many years away from re-enacting. There are so may myths about this song (it is 19c, it is a slaves spiritual etc). For a while it was (and I believe still is) frowned upon to sing it in The Sealed Knot and ECWS.
it;s such a great song though
Why was it frowned upon to sing in the SK? I remember singing it with them circa 1980...I am sad to hear it is 19th century - I really believed I was singing ( and still mumble it away to myself/try to sing at times when gardening) 17th century words and tune- I'm a tad disappointed.9 nnomium
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