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DOG AND GUN. AKA - "My Dog and My Gun." American, March (4/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in a remarkable number of American musicians' manuscript copybooks from the last decade of the 18th century, into the first decades of the 19th. It also was printed in numerous American martial (fife and drum) tutors and repertoire books from the early 1800's. "Dog and Gun" even can be heard on a surviving musical clock made by Leslie and Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, dating from 1798. It was included in the shared music copybook of fifers Joseph Long and Thomas Nixon Jr., with the main title "General Sullivan's Troop" (referencing American General John Sullivan, 1740-1795, of the Continental Army), with "My Dog and Gun" appended next to it.

Fr. John Quinn finds that the strains of "Dog and Gun" are incorporated in the first strain of the march "Mountcashel's Brigade," a hybrid tune printed by Frank Roche in the early 20th century.

Dog and Gun is a common name for a pub.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Howe (Musician's Companion), 1842; p. 19. Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 18.

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