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Somewhere buried in my collection is a record by an ordinary civil war 
soldier.  It's probably 1948 or so, 2s 10", a pale yellow label, privately 
pressed.  He speaks on it.  That's all I recall about it   Since it was 
pressed, there must be other copies around.

Steve Smolian


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Seubert" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 9:25 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Civil War recordings


>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 made 
>recordings?
>
> An interesting question. Reply to me or the list and I will forward to the 
> individual.
>
> David Seubert
> UCSB
>
> ------------------
>
> Sir,
>
> 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.
>
> Thanks.
>
>
>
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