Hello--I found this thread recently, and noted that one of the earlier posts had a reference to
my book *Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas* published in 2001. I thought I would tell you that it has a discussion, and a reprint of song music, about patrollers, including "Run N*gg*r Run" (the song mentioned in the previous posting) and various performances of that song. The book also talks about the modern-day references that continue to link patrols to police (like use of the terms "patrol" and "beat" that were commonly employed back then), but that "paddy wagon" is definitely not one of the connections--that is based on the typical employment of Irishmen as policemen in the late 19th/early 20th century. Any questions, send them to the email above.
Professor of History and Law
Florida State University