Returned Volunteer

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Returned Volunteer is a Christy's style sketch by an unknown author.

Also found are the titles The Returned Volunteer and The Returned Volunteer from Abessynia, probably the same work.

The original text

A number of American performances of an Ethiopian sketch called Returned Volunteer are recorded by Mahar (1999: p. 159)They are listed for 22 May and 28 December, 1849 by the Virginia Serenaders; 9 December 1851 and 22 August 1853 by Wood's Minstrels.

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Performance history in South Africa

Circa 1868-1869 the Young Men’s Institute Amateur Christy’s of Cape Town performed a number of minstrelsy shows and so-called Ethiopian burlesques or Negro farces, that included a piece called The Returned Volunteer from Abessynia.


W.J. Mahar. 1999. Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popular Culture. Volume 442 of Music in American life. University of Illinois Press, 1999: p. 159.[1]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik.

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