“The Crimean War”


Johnny and his mother together tell of Johnny's part in the Crimean War. Having fought at Alma, Balaclava, and Sevastopol, he is now safely (and happily) home again


For the relationship of this song to "As I Went Down to Port Jervis," see the notes to that song. That song is certainly derived from this, and could easily be listed as a version (so, e.g., Roud), but Cazden et al consider them separate. Some versions, such as that of Ives, may belong with the "Port Jervis" rather than here. - RBW.

Historical references

  • Sept 20, 1854 - Battle of Alma
  • Oct 25, 1854 - Battle of Balaclava
  • Nov 5, 1854 - Battle of Inkerman clears the way for the siege of Sevastopol (the city fell in the fall of 1855)

Cross references


  1. Laws J9, "The Crimean War"
  2. Gardner/Chickering 91, "The Crimean War" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Dean, pp. 49-50, As I Rode Down Through Irishtown" (1 text)
  4. Ives-NewBrunswick, pp. 123-125, "The Crimean War" (1 text, 1 tune, with the text of this piece though the tune is described as being identical to that for "As I Went Down to Port Jervis")
  5. DT 765, CRIMEAWR
  6. Roud #1924
  7. BI, LJ09


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (Gardner/Chickering)
Keywords: war
Found in: US(MW)