Camp Chase, the fiddle tune

Camp Chase, a Union prisoner-of-war camp in Ohio, took several of the captured Rebels from the Battle of Fort Sanders, including the 13th Mississippi’s Lieutenant Colonel Alfred George Washington O’Brien.

The POW camp already had, by tradition anyhow, a fiddler named Solly Carpenter from western Virginia who won his release by winning a camp fiddle contest. He did it by reworking an older Appalachian tune which he dubbed, what else, “Camp Chase.”

Which you can hear a portion of at this link or buy the whole one minute and forty-nine second MP3 for just 99 cents.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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