The Union’s Music Man


Minstrel and impresario Thomas Brigham Bishop entertained troops and residents in the strategic hub of Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 1863. It was here that he was inspired to write, “Shew Fly, Don’t Bodder Me,” allegedly because of something said by a black volunteer for the Union. While Bishop eventually drew thousands for his staged acts here and also Knoxville and Nashville, he found himself unable to leave the limelight once the war was over. (Feature, Civil War Times, February 2013.)