Black Cockade (The)

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BLACK COCKADE, THE. American, March (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was printed in Joshua Cushing's Fifer's Companion (Salem, Mass., 1805), Samuel Holyoke's Instrumental Assistant (Exeter, N.H., 1800), and Alvan Robinson's Massachusetts Collection of Martial Muscik (Hallowell, Maine, 1818). Litchfield, Connecticut, musician Morris Woodruff included "The Black Cockade" in his music copybook, dated 1803. In Britain, the decorative black cockade pinned to a tricorner hat was the badge of the Hanoverian faction, in response to, and, to some extent, to distinguish them from the Jacobite white cockade. The Continental Army also adopted the British use of the black cockade for their purposes, but when the Colonies became allied with France later in the war, they added a white cockade to their black one, known as the union cockade.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Mattson & Walz (Old Fort Snelling...Fife), 1974; p. 85.

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