The Regimental Song "Garryowen"
came informally into the Army between 1861 and 1866
as a quickstep
, but its use was first documented by the 7th U.S. Cavalry Band
about the time the song became the regimental air.
George Armstrong Custer did not, himself, bring the song to the regiment,
but Brevet Lieutenant Colonel (Captain) Myles W. Keogh
and several other officers with ties to the
Fifth Royal Irish Lancers and the Papal Guard,
two Irish regiments in the British Army,
were believed to be instrumental
in bringing the air to the regiment.
Another song, of unknown origin,
but associated with the 7th Cavalry is "Sergeant Flynn.
" By the verses in the original version,
the song was written after the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Thanks go to Ed Grens, an Infantry Officer from the 1950s,
for contributing the second set of lyrics and his
of the tune.
Mr. Grens stipulates that the phrase
"drive the sabers to the hilt
might indicate an origin after
the introduction of the
Model 1914 Cavalry Saber
, when the manual was changed to
, rather than slashing, with the saber."
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Posted by Stephanie Catherine Cecilia Steele Nelson at 10:21 AM