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"The Girl I Left Behind Me"
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Sept. 10, 2011 Saturday 1:45 p.m. Honor Awards Ceremony
Springfield Armory
Oct. 8, 2011 Saturday 11:30 a.m. History of the Civil War,
with an authentic cannon
by Ron Rogers,
Civil War Reenacter
Oct. 29, 2011 Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lineage Research Workshop
OGS Library
Nov. 12, 2011 Saturday 11:30 a.m. The Sultana Tragedy
A historical shipwreck story
by Beverly Przybylski
Dec. 10, 2011 Saturday 11:30 a.m. "A Baby Shower" party
to support Project Diaper Bag
Jan. 14, 2012 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Patriotic Song Presentation
by Janet Harper
Feb. 11, 2012 Saturday 2:00 p.m. Good Citizen Tea
Mar. 10, 2012 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Williamsburg - History and
Antiquities - Part 1 - video
by Mary Wedmore
Mar. 17, 2012 Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lineage Workshop
OGS Library
Apr. 14, 2012 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Williamsburg - History and
Antiquities - Part 2 - video
by Mary Wedmore
May 12, 2012 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Insignia Information
by Arleta Day
June 9, 2012
Saturday 11:30 a.m. Tea and
Installation of Officers
June 16, 2012
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lineage Workshop
OGS Library

History of the "The Girl I Left Behind Me"
"Much folklore has arisen regarding this tune. One source states the tune was popular as far back as Queen Elizabeth's (Elizabeth I) reign and was played whenever a regiment left town or a man-of-war set sail. Another theory is that the tune originated in 1758 when Admiral's Hawke and Rodney were watching the French fleet off the coast.

Theodore Ralph (see citation below) writes that the tune was known in America as early as 1650 and indicates it was a traditional fife tune, imported from England as Brighten Camp. The tune became generally popular during the Revolution.

The tune was known in Ireland as The Rambling Laborer and The Spailpin Fanach and was first published in Dublin in 1791."

Information and music contributed by "Popular Songs In American History," a folk music website by Lesley Nelson. A link is provided at the "links" web page.

"The American Song Treasure,"
by Theodore Ralph, Dover Publications,
New York, 1986
"Folk Songs of Old New England,"
by Eloise Hubbard Linscott Dover Publications,
New York, 1993 (First published in 1939)

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