MP3 Jimmy Phillips - Rebel Soldier II
Rebel Soldier II is a collection of Civil War songs and tunes that commemorates the 1863 Great Raid of John Hunt Morgan’s Raiders. Instrumentation is period-appropriate, as heard in the camps and parlors of the war-torn South.
12 MP3 Songs in this album (28:28) !
Related styles: FOLK: Traditional Folk, FOLK: Appalachian Folk
First of all, thanks to CD Baby for all they do in providing a forum for independent musicians to present their music. And
thanks to the sutlers and Civil War reenactors who have supported the preservation of 19th century music and encouraged
me to continue.
With “Rebel Soldier II” my goal was to tell, through music, the story of Morgan’s Great Raid of 1863. It begins with a set of
dance tunes, then a song about the guerrilla warrior who steals the girl’s heart, followed by a set of tunes from the Old
Republic, then one about the young patriot who sadly goes across the mountain to “fight the boys in blue.” Then comes a
jig, “Juice of the Barley” (Morgan’s Men were known to drink a bit), a silly “around the campfire” song advising men to
marry for “love not riches,” and another jig, “The Road to Lisdoonvarna” that represents Morgan’s Irish heritage.
I was standing on the Indiana shore of the Ohio River a couple of years ago, looking across at Brandenburg, Kentucky,
and I recalled reading in Basil Duke’s book, "History of Morgan’s Cavalry," how the Raiders crossed the river, pushed the
Home Guards back toward Corydon, and bravely began their Great Raid to “whip the scoundrels.” Not far up the trail the
men grew silent, almost somber, after riding through so many lush valleys and hills, with their bountiful farms virtually
untouched by war. One of the Raiders turned to General Duke and said, “Sir, I don’t think we can beat these people.” The
solemn, yet defiant tune “Jefferson & Liberty” reflects what the men must have felt that day.
I wrote “Run, Johnny, Run” about the fight at Buffington Island where Morgan’s men tried to cross the Ohio River to West
Virginia and relative safety. Most of the command was captured there and sent off to languish in prison camps like Camp
Morton in Indianapolis or Camp Douglas in Chicago. Morgan was captured shortly after the fight and placed in the Ohio
Penitentiary, a prison for common criminals. As the imprisoned soldiers yearned for a return to peace, the once-rebellious
“Bonnie Blue” became the “Bonnie White Flag.” At war’s end the soldiers went home. They rebuilt their war-ravaged cities,
their farms, their homes; hence “The Mississippi Sawyer.”
The music tells the story.