"left, right" [was: Cadence]

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jun 17 17:21:56 UTC 2014

At 6/17/2014 11:41 AM, Bill Mullins wrote:
>That is one of the more familiar chants from the "Jodie Cadence,"
>which spread throughout the military service after Jackson devised
>it to help a group of unco-ordinated recruits learn how to march in
>1943 at Camp Barkley, Texas."

In 1686 John Dunton wrote that "a wild Irish Man" in the military
would be given bread for one pocket and cheese for the other, and
then instead of left or right be commanded to turn toward bread or cheese.


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