Irish American Union Soldier’s Music Book
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DANIEL J. HARRINGTON (1843-1923), with JOHN SHAUGHNESSY (1829-1907).
Manuscript Music Book Signed for a number of instrumental compositions. Front cover: stenciled lettering “Daniel Harrington / Co. D 3d. Reg. Mass. V. M.” at top, two name stencils of “D. J. Harrington” within a foliate design, and manuscript ownership inscription. Back cover in manuscript: “Daniel Harringtons Book By Shaug / No. 57 Morgan St. Fall River Mass.” 1862 or 1863 - 1865. Approx 34 lined pages, 9 x 12”, in original stiff paper covers. 14 pages with manuscript, the remaining pages unaccomplished. The music notes are entirely in manuscript, with numerous corrections, and notations throughout.
The titles and notes include:
“The Green Fields of America ---- Reels” with: “Drosey [sic: Drowsy] Maggie … Bonny Kate … Black haired Lass … Speed the Plow … take her out … Campbells Reel.”
“Money Musk ---- Reels” with: “New Line Reel,” “The Pullet Reel,” “The four Corts [sic]of Dublin,” “Original a Arkansas traveler.”
“Lord Mauchline’s Reel”
“the Cuckoo Nest…the isle of Sky the isle of Sky”
“Bonny Boat … Chorus Jig … Bold Soldier Boy … Merry Dance”
“The Pidgeon on the gate…the Liberty Reel”
“Jiges [sic] ---- an Irish Medley ---- Jigs … the Waves of the trahmore … the Maid on the Grass … Jim Harrington”
“Elfin or Party Waltz … J E Harrington Free of charge”
“Dew Drop Waltz .... Fast Waltz … Comd. [composed]By J. Shaughnessey of Fall River Mass.” “Casey is a Blote and so is Jerrey,” “Janie O Shaughnessey and Jerry,” “James and Sean(?),” “Janey O Shaughnessey,” and the name “Janie” drawn in fanciful characters.
“The Rose Waltzs … on the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz … Come Come With Me.”
Harrington was born in 1843, in Ireland, to Jeremiah & Mary (----) Harrington. He was a resident of Westport and Fall River, Massachusetts, employed as mule spinner, and enlisted on Sept. 18, 1862 at the age of 19 as a private in Co. D of the 3rd MA Infantry, mustering out June 26, 1863. On Sept. 1, 1864, he mustered into Co. E of the 2nd MA Heavy Artillery, transferring Dec. 16, 1864 to Co. F of the 17th MA Infantry, and finally mustering out June 30, 1865. He was married to Catherine (Cummings), with whom he had at least four children. Two other Harrington men from Westport, possibly brothers of Daniel, served in Co. D, 3rd MA.
Another soldier appears to have had a hand in at least some of these verses, for “Comd. [composed] By J. Shaughnessey of Fall River Mass.” appears on the last page, following the “Fast Waltz,” along with the names of several Shaughnessey family members. The back cover also appears to read: “By Shaug.” This is presumably John Shaughnessy (1829-1907), a 37 year old bootmaker from Ashland, MA, and fellow member of Co. F of the 17th MA Infantry.
Vital Records of Westport, Massachusetts to the Year 1850.
American Civil War Research Database.
History of Bristol County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers
and Prominent Men. Phila. 1883. p. 695-696.