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GENERAL LONGSTREET'S. American, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Frank Livingston, who contributed several melodies to Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). Although nothing is known about Livingston (whose name may be a pseudonym), he seemed to contribute a number of titles honouring the Southern side of the Civil War. The title undoubtedly refers to the famous Confederate general, originally from South Carolina. James Longstreet (1821-1904) was second only to Robert E. Lee in both battlefield prowess and in the hearts of soldiers. Paul Stewart Cranford (2000) notes this was a favorite dance tune of Cape Breton fiddler Bill Lamey. It has been recorded several time by fiddlers from the island.