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John Brown's Body

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Publication date
July 28, 1861
Composition date
1861
Language
English
Adapted from
Say Brothers, Will You Meet Us? written by [Traditional], William Steffe
Comments
Members of the Massachusetts 12th Regiment joked about one of their sergeants named John Brown being confused with John Brown the abolitionist. Improvised lyrics turned into a song about the abolitionist John Brown. It was published in the New York Tribune on the date given above.
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