Message: America's First Rap Song

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 17 14:32:07 UTC 2006

On 5/17/06, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
> O y'all of little faith!  The incident alluded to was in fact "the defeat of FLOYD
> at Gauley Bridge by Gen. ROSENCRANS [sic]." (_Vanity Fair_,  _op. cit._)
>   Gen. William "Rosey" Rosecrans's victory occurred in the hillls of Western
> Virginia, on the historic day of September 11, 1861, according to William G.
> Brownlow's _Sketches of the Rrise, Progress, and Decline of Secession_
> (Philadelphia & Cincinnati: G. W. Childs; Applegate & Co., 1862), p. 184.

Here is the relevant page image from MoA:;g=moagrp;view=image;cc=moajrnl;seq=0228;idno=acg4267.0004.000

The date given by JL is indeed correct.

--Ben Zimmer

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