Lona, one of our incredible volunteers, found the following tucked into the pages of our bound copies of Harper’s Weekly from 1861:
Yankee doodle is the tune
Americans delight in;
Good to fiddle, dance, or sing,
And just the thing for fightin’.
Turns out – a version of this was written for a 4th of July celebration in Connecticut in 1806 – you can find out about it here. But it seemed an interesting thing to find in relation to 1861 – when militia bands were forming and all the gaud and glory of war was still a new and shiny thing.