Queen of Battle
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Apr 28 13:46:26 UTC 2004
In a message dated Tue, 27 Apr 2004 19:30:57 -0700, Dave Wilton
<dave at WILTON.NET> writes
> > Interesting! I'm familiar with "cannoncocker," and my wife is named
> > after St. Barbara, the patron saint of the Artillery. (Her father was
> > an artilleryman in WWII.) But both the existence of the song and the
> > existence of the phrase, "king of battle," are new to me.
> > At the gates of Fort Dix stands - or, perhaps, stood - a billboard
> > reading,
> > Fort Dix
> > Home of The Infantry
> > Queen of Battle
> > I wonder whether there is/was a similar sign at Fort Sill.
> As an old cannoncocker myself (sort of, I was really a chemical officer,
> assigned to a Field Artillery unit), "King of Battle" is a common term in
> artillery circles. Both the "king" and "queen" of battle are allusions to
> chess. 19th C. battles were typically won when you captured the enemy's
> artillery (the "king") and infantry is the most powerful "piece" on the
> field (the "queen").
> The song, however, is a new one on me. I've never heard it, despite having
> attended numerous St. Barbara's Day celebrations.
The song has not caught on - exactly ONE hit on Google, which is a good trick.
I used to have a copy of the sheet music for this song, which is where I got
the information that it is the official song of Field Artillery.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find that sheet music.
- Jim Landau
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