“The Hunters of Kentucky”

Author: Samuel Woodworth
Earliest date: 1822 (published 1826)
Keywords: war patriotic bragging
Found in: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,So)


The hunters of Kentucky are praised and offered as a specimen based on their performance at the Battle of New Orleans


Samuel Woodworth's only other noteworthy composition was "The Old Oaken Bucket." His novels and plays are mercifully forgotten.

For a Creole account of this battle, see Courlander-NFM, pp. 167-168 (an untitled piece which appears to be about the Battle of New Orleans).

For the general background of the final campaigns of the War of 1812, see the notes on "The Siege of Plattsburg." For the Battle of New Orleans itself, see The Battle of New Orleans" [Laws A7].

It should probably be noted that the Kentucky and Tennessee militia weren't all that great in themselves; in a series of Indian engagements in 1814, they showed a disastrous tendency to fall apart. Some of them, in fact, were routed at New Orleans -- only to be saved when general Pakenham refused to take advantage of the opening. But Andrew Jackson executed some of the deserters, and managed to tighten discipline. - RBW

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  1. Laws A25, "The Hunters of Kentucky"
  2. Belden, pp. 298-299, "The Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text plus 2 fragments, 1 tune, but the "A" fragment and part of "C" is "Pakenham")
  3. Randolph 666, "A Hunter from Kentucky" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  4. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 93-94, "The Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text)
  5. Rickaby 40, "The Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text (Woodworth's original) plus a fragment, 1 tune)
  6. Sandburg, pp. 427-429, "The Hunters of Kentucky or Half Horse and Half Alligator" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Scott-BoA, pp. 113-117, "The Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Darling-NAS, pp. 163-164, "The Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text)
  9. Arnett, pp. 34-35, "The Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Silber-FSWB, p. 288, "Hunters of Kentucky" (1 text)
  11. DT 369, HUNTKENT*
  12. Roud #2211
  13. BI, LA25