Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rogue's March 1864

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Januray 9, 1862 - A Richmond Dispatch reporter camping with the 12th Mississippi Regiment wrote: "The only new thing of note is a custom just adopted in the army. When a worthless soldier is "drummed out," it is done to the tune of Yankee Doodle, instead of the Rogue's March, as was the custom. The new custom arose from the fact that more rogues march any day, now-a-days, to the tune of Yankee Doodle than have marched in all time to the Rogue's March. The custom arose from a suggestion of Col. Harry Hays, of 17th Louisiana regiment, and does that gentleman credit as an observer of events. " -- V. Betts U. of Texas Tyler

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