Col. John Pattee, a fiddler from Michigan, recorded two sides in 1924. Google his name. There was a great family website that featured photos of his vaudeville tour of Civil War fiddlers. A couple of other fiddlers who may have been veterans were Henry Gilliland of Oklahoma, who recorded in 1922 (with Eck Robertson), and Capt. Moses Bonner of Texas in 1924 or 25. Two sides each.
David Seubert <[log in to unmask]> wrote: I received the email below (below) that I can't answer. Does anybody
know if there are other Civil War soldiers besides Polk Miller who later
An interesting question. Reply to me or the list and I will forward to
You have several recordings by Polk Miller. Miller, a great favorite
of Mark Twain, and a now all but forgotten once major American
musician, may be best remembered for the pet products he produced for
his dog "Sergeant." "Sergeant's" is still a best selling brand after
over a century.
Miller was a Confederate soldier, took his banjo along to war, and
served in the same Batteries as my great grandfathers.
You have a copy of his singing "The Bonnie Blue Flag"; which with
"Dixie" comprised The South's two most popular National Songs.
Surely he played this song hundreds of times in camp (See Ted Turner's
cameo comment in *Gods and Generals.),* along the road to Gettysburg
etc. Surely my ancestors, whose saving his obituary etc. reflects a
friendship, heard him regularly. .
It brings The War close to today.
But I wonder is this the only surviving rendition of one of the
two major Southern hymns, by a Confederate Soldier?
Is this the only surviving recording of a Civil War Song made by a
participant on either side?
There are millions of relics of The War, but I never thought there would
be an audible one.