“Johnny Fill Up the Bowl (In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One)”


"In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty One, Hurrah, Hurrah (or "Skiball" or "Football" or some such)... The great rebellion is begun, and we'll all drink stone blind, Johnny, fill up the bowl." A catalog of the events of the Civil War


For what little can be said about the ancestry of this tune, see the entry on "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

Davis for some reason thinks this song a parody of "The Three Ravens." He offers no explanation. It's not the tunes, which are not given. - RBW

Historical references

  • Apr 12, 1861 - Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter, opening the Civil War
  • Sept 23, 1862 - Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation published (to be formalized Jan. 1, 1863)
  • Apr 9, 1865 - Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia surrenders
  • May 13, 1865 - General Edmund Kirby Smith surrenders all remaining Confederate forces

Cross references


  • Art Thieme, "In 1861" (on Thieme02)


  1. Randolph 227, "In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. BrownII 222, "In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One" (1 text)
  3. Davis-Ballads 10, "The Three Ravens" (the two texts in the appendix are this song)
  4. Thomas-Makin', p. 54, (no title) (1 text, though the chorus line is "When Johnny Comes Marching Home")
  6. Roud #6673
  7. BI, R227


Alternate titles: “For Bales”; “Football”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1863
Found in: US(Ap,MA,SE,So)