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VIRGINIA MARCH. Old-Time, March (cut time). USA, Arkansas. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. A crooked tune. Source Morrison maintained this tune was one of several marches played at Appomatix in 1865 when Lee surrendered to Grant, ending the American Civil War, and, in particular this piece was played when the Confederates were stacking their arms (one of whom was his wife’s father, he believed). Morrison concluded that it was Lee’s “favorite piece.” Morrison also had a tune that he said was played at the stacking of arms at Yorktown (see his “British March”).

Source for notated version: Absie Morrison (1876-1964, Landis, Searcy County, Arkansas) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 105.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear Absie Morrison play the tune at The John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection Lyon College, Arkansas, recorded in August, 1959, when Mr. Morrison was 83 years of age [1]




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