Bragg's Retreat

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 Also known as    Forked Deer
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    
 Structure    AABB
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 Tune and/or Page number    
 Year of publication/Date of MS    
 Artist    Stephen B. Tucker
 Title of recording    Great Big Yam Potates: Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Mississippi Department of Archives and History AH-002
 Year recorded    1985 (originally recorded 1939)
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BRAGG'S RETREAT. AKA and see "Forked Deer." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Mississippi. D Major. ADae tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune, usually known as "Forked Deer," is older than the title, which undoubtedly refers to the unfortunate Confederate general Baxton Bragg who served in the western theatre of the American Civil War. Bragg commanded the Army of the Tennessee from mid-1862 to the end of 1963, and was neither well-liked nor well-respected. He could often be irascible, sullen and rigid, and was consistently out-generaled by his Union opposites. Private Sam Watkins, who served in the Army of the Tennessee during Bragg's tenure wrote in his memoirs that one of the common sayings among the men of his company while on march was "Bully for Bragg! He's hell on retreat!" The source for the tune under this title is Meridian, Mississippi, fiddler Stephen B. Tucker, who recorded it for the Library of Congress in 1939.

Recorded sources: Mississippi Department of Archives and History AH-002, Stephen B. Tucker (1939) - "Great Big Yam Potates: Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi" (1985). PearlMae Muisc 004-2, Jim Taylor - "The Civil War Collection" (1996).


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