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U.S. Marines with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, serving as guest Blackhorse Troopers from Killer Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, defending the town of Huvez in the National Training Center, against the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, FORT IRWIN, Calif. June 26, 2017. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. David Edge, 11th ACR, PAO)


Paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division keep an eye out for opposing forces in view of Aurora Borealis during a base defense situational training exercise at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 26, 2016. The battalion spent much of Exercise Spartan Cerberus in subzero temperatures and emerged successfully training in Arctic, airborne and infantry tasks alike. 

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)


Paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, head toward an extraction point after a successful airborne operation in Deadhorse, Alaska, February 22, 2017. The battalion’s Arctic capabilities were tested as temperatures with wind chill reached as low as 63 below zero. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, inspect a Ukrainian T-64BM during the Strong Europe Tank Challenge (SETC) opening ceremony, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 07, 2017.

US Army Staff Sergeant David Thomas Brabander. 11 DEC 2017.

Died in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of a non-combat related incident while deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Brabander was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

U.S. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division maneuver towards a defensive position while participating in a live fire operation during Exercise Combined Resolve VIII at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Grafhenwoehr, Germany April 24, 2017.



According to an 1890 account, the original John Brown lyrics were a collective effort by a group of Union soldiers who were referring both to the famous John Brown and also, humorously, to a Sergeant John Brown of their own battalion. Various other authors have published additional verses and/or claimed credit for originating the John Brown lyrics and tune.

At a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Warren, near Boston, on Sunday May 12, 1861, the John Brown song was publicly played “perhaps for the first time”. The American Civil War had begun the previous month.

Newspapers reported troops singing the song as they marched in the streets of Boston on July 18, 1861, and there were a “rash” of broadside printings of the song with substantially the same words as the undated John Brown Song! broadside, stated by Kimball to be the first published edition, and the broadside with music by C. S. Marsh copyrighted on July 16, 1861, also published by C.S. Hall . Other publishers also came out with versions of the John Brown Song and claimed copyright.

  • Some researchers have maintained that the tune’s roots go back to a “Negro folk song”, an African-American wedding song from Georgia
  • An African-American version was recorded as “We’ll hang Jeff Davis from a sour Apple Tree”.
  • Anecdotes indicate that versions of “Say, Brothers” were sung as part of African American ring shouts; appearance of the hymn in this call-and-response setting with singing, clapping, stomping, dancing, and extended ecstatic choruses may have given impetus to the development of the well known “Glory hallelujuah” chorus.
  • Given that the tune was developed in an oral tradition, it is impossible to say for certain which of these influences may have played a specific role in the creation of this tune 

The tune was later also used for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic (written in November 1861, published in February 1862; this song was directly inspired by “John Brown’s Body”), “Marching Song of the First Arkansas,” “The Battle Hymn of Cooperation,” “Bummers, Come and Meet Us” , and many other related texts and knock-offs during and immediately after the American Civil War period.

SOURCES: George Kimball, “Origin of the John Brown Song”, New England Magazine, new series 1 (1890) , Blood on the Risers From Wikipedia, James Fuld, 2000 The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk Courier Dover, Pg 32. 


Soldiers with U.S. Army Alaska’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, conducts close quarter battle drills with Japanese soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, Northern Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during military operations on urban terrain as part of Exercise North Wind 2015 at Yausubetsu Training Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 12, 2015. 

Army Pfc. Erika Bruner, of Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, places the traditional topper on a real, Douglas fir Christmas tree.
Photo by Cpl. Benjamin Cossel, USA

Paratroopers jump out of a Nevada Air National Guard C-130H Hercules while conducting airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 13, 2017. The Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather/high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)


Albanian Army soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Company, 2nd Infantry Battalion and U.S. Army Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division conducting crowd riot control training during a Kosovo Force (KFOR) mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 27, 2016. 


Redefining line of sight.

Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, train with the M110 SASS, and the M107 .50-Caliber Long Range Sniper Rifle from an aerial platform in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over Malemute drop zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. 

(U.S. Air Force photos by Justin Connaher, 7 MAR 2014.)