:: Title :: Interview with Absie Morrison about Lord Cornwallis' March
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Morrison, Absie [vocal]
:: Setting :: Probably the home of Absie Morrison
:: Location :: Landis (Searcy County), Arkansas (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Ozarks, Arkansas
:: Session :: Landis 10/59
:: Date :: 10/6-10/8, 1959
:: Reference Information :: T916.0, Track 6 (00:00:51)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Discussions with and fiddle tunes by Absie Morrison. [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: "Did you ever hear anybody speak? I can make it speak the word." [a quote of Absie's, referring to his fiddle.] ? Absie makes fiddles - nice ones. Great-grandfather lived till 100 years old. He went to Revolutionary War with the Bucktail gang [Regiment] from Virginia. Died in 1847. Brother of grandfather fought in the battle of New Orleans. The tradition is that a 'nigger' killed Packenham with a rifle shot. His father born in 1842 at the mouth of Long Creek. Grandfather hewed cedar logs 20 ft. [indecipherable] - 1842 and raised his family in it. Served 4 years in the Union Army; Navy. A vote in Searcy County voted to withdraw from the union. Made up 4 companies and fought for the union. Father died in 1821 [sic], Absie born in 1876. Great grandfather loved Billy in the Lowground, Walk Along John, and kept up on all the Revolutionary War tunes. Absie S. Morrison - 83 years old, round, apple faced, worn brown workman's hands. A maker, a doer. [Quotes:] I'm named after General Sherman, my dad was there when he surrendered. [Source: Tapebox]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - On "Lord Cornwallis' March" and Cornwallis' surrender to Washington (actually, Absie says, to Washington's appointee General Charles Lee). "Ain't a university graduate nowhere knows as much history as I do." Absie's great-grandfather was one of Washington's soldiers. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960



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