“John T. Williams”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Keywords: prisoner escape Civilwar
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"Come all you jolly soldiers, I'll sing to you a song... Concerning my troubles... And how I got around them." "With a bottle of good whiskey I put the guard to sleep." The escaped rebel flees south, apparently making it back to Confederate lines

Notes

Though perhaps based on a historical incident, this of course is built around older materials. Thomas's informant, "Rebel Jack," claimed John T. Williams was his captain, but while he offered many details about Confederate army life, I failed to notice any documentation of the regiment in which Jack served. - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 74-78, (no title) (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, ThBa074