John Burns - Gettysburg Veteran and Beekeeper

John Burns Gettysburg Veteran and BeekeeperHappy 4th of July. Thank you to Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History for this fine, informative article and video on John Burns of Gettysburg (Veteran and Beekeeper). Enjoy!

On July 1, 1863 - the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, Beekeeper. John Burns, at 69 years of age took up his flintlock musket and powder horn and walked out to the scene of the fighting that morning. He was wounded, but would suvive to become a national celebrity.

On November 19, 1863 -President Abraham Lincoln, gave one of the best-known speeches in American history. via: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History 
(Note: Scroll down through the most recent posts from Historical Honeybee Articles to the July 1, 2016 post to view the video.)

Part I -The Story of Beekeeper John Burns: A Gettysburg Civil War Hero.

Burns was a veteran of the War of 1812, became a 69-year-old civilian combatant with the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. He was wounded, but survived to become a national celebrity. Burns's fame quickly spread when a poem about his exploits was published by Bret Harte in 1864. I put part one to the old English folk song; 'Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier'. The lyrics lament the sacrifices that men and women make in going off to war. The song was popular in America during the Revolutionary war, but it's origins I believe are unknown.

Part II - Civil War by Ken Burns; On This Date in History; at the dedication of the 'Soldiers National Cemetery' in Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln, gave one of the best-known speeches in American history.

Music in the video:
"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" is an American Revolutionary War version of a traditional Irish song. The lyrics lament the sacrifices that men and women make in going off to war. Men would help by going off to war and women would help by sacrificing men and selling goods to buy military supplies. This folk song was popular throughout the American Revolutionary War. Although we know what it meant its history is very mysterious and unknown.

Listen here:
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (With Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCdo-KjiTlc

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (Instrumental)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfBXXfO150U

"Ashokan Farewell" is a piece of music composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. It has served as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps run by Ungar and his wife Molly Mason, who gave the tune its name, at the Ashokan Field Campus of SUNY New Paltz (now the Ashokan Center) in upstate New York. The tune was later used as the title theme of the 1990 PBS television miniseries The Civil War,

Ashokan Farewell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9SHEzAqFk8

Thank you, again, to Historical Honeybee Articles for this history of our country, our veterans and our beekeepers.

Enjoy!

Bill & Clyde
Bill's Bees