Civil War Era Studies
There's an old myth that, as he ordered the flag brought down and the post at Yorktown surrendered, General Cornwallis ordered his fife and drum corps to play The World Turned Upside Down a traditional British Christmas song written in protest of the aristocracy outlawing raucous celebration. In its lyrics, the paupers are made kings and the kings made paupers. The song was more than likely not played during the surrender. But myths are often potent and always telling.
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Rudy, John M., "Wilmington: A World Turned Upside Down" (2013). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 71.