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    Thumbs up Music in the Confederate Navy

    A link about music in the Confederate Navy.

    http://www.astrococktail.com/CSNmusic.html

    Anyone know any other CSN music sites?

    Thanks~
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    Quarter Gunner & Apprentice Sailmaker, R. Bohlman, CSN
    late of the C.S.S. Ram Arkansas,
    now attached to the CS Naval Station
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    Site about songs about the Alabama http://www.marshall.edu/library/spec...music_menu.asp

    One thing to keep in mind, Chanties were not sung on CS warships, much as they were not sung on Ships of the US Navy or Royal Navy... most of the songs heard shipboard would have been forebitters, or foc'sle songs. The decks, both Spar and Gun had to be have silence mantained for the passing of orders. Most of the chanties that are now so well beloved are merchant fleet or whaling chanties.
    Bobby Hughes
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    Songs of the Civil War Navy

    I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    Quarter Gunner & Apprentice Sailmaker, R. Bohlman, CSN
    late of the C.S.S. Ram Arkansas,
    now attached to the CS Naval Station
    Jackson, Mississippi

    Member USNLP
    http://www.usnlp.org/

    Soldiers Rest Cemetery, Vicksburg, MS
    Aide-toi et Dieu t'aidera

    Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
    Camp # 265, Rankin County Rough and Ready’s
    http://www.scv265.com/

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    Note that the title says Ballads? these would be the forebitters and fo'c'sle songs. What must be kept in mind was that the deep water navy of the Confederate Navy, while garnering great public acclaim, was tiny compared to the river and bay squadrons, which is where Mallory put the largest hopes of the CSN. He WANTED a deep water Navy, but knew that the hopes were pinned on an aggressive navy in home waters, and a vast majority of those were steam gunboats both wooden and Ironclad, so the chanty tradition would have been lower among the river navy. The crews of the Deep water commerce raiders were almost all foreign enlistments, many of them Royal Navy veterans, who would have kept a silent ship during evolutions or when on watch, as that was the tradition they were used to. Not saying they wouldnt break out the instruments and song when allowed to skylark....
    Bobby Hughes
    Co A, 2nd Battalion Ga Sharpshooters/64th Illinois Vol Infantry "Yates' Sharpshooters"
    Savannah Republican Blues
    Co C, 3rd US Infantry
    Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum & William Scarbrough House, Savannah, GA


    "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy." - James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902.

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    One thing to note about this album, while they are songs about Civil War naval subjects, many of them are actually POST war. The Blockade Runner (Track 06) dates from 1873. Farraguts Ball, may be wardated. The Fight of the Hatteras and the Alabama may actually date to 1889. The Florida's Cruise may be wartime, as is the The Alabama. The Brooklyn Sloop of War is a modern piece fitted to a period poem. SO, the veracity of this being a sterling example of what was sang in the OFF Watch hours, is suspect... but not withstanding, its a cracking disk, and I listen to it often..
    Bobby Hughes
    Co A, 2nd Battalion Ga Sharpshooters/64th Illinois Vol Infantry "Yates' Sharpshooters"
    Savannah Republican Blues
    Co C, 3rd US Infantry
    Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum & William Scarbrough House, Savannah, GA


    "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy." - James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902.

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