We had the extraordinary good fortune to meet David Hood, the Swampers
' bass player.
All have beaten a path to Florence, Muscle Shoals and Sheffield to harness the creativity of the Swampers
Even prior to the enactment of conscription, Kate Stone recorded in her diary her poor neighbors' angry contention that Joe Carson was "a rich man's son too good to fight the battles of the rich," and she later described a company of poor men "who naturally have an ill feeling against the 'rich swampers
.'" Additionally, a Confederate official complained that Governor Moore's 1861 exemption of slaveholders from the state militia "defeat[ed] that harmony and cordial cooperation ...
Until then, keep your swampers
handy and watch out for toad stranglers.
She considers communities of rice planters, slaves and fugitives, antebellum writers, Seminoles, surveyors, lumber companies, Swampers
, the government, and preservationists, conflicts between each group, and their individual views about the area.
But with the jumbo kind--formerly demonized as rogues, or boat swampers
and living oil wells--we have a good deal less excuse.
, who cut brush to make path to get tree out of the yard.
, as these pioneers were known, also left their names on such places as Mixon's Hammock, Minnie's Lake, Craven's Island and Chesser Prairie.
who lived within the Okefenokee until the early 20th century learned to find their way around by studying the thickness of tree bark.
In the beginning of the winter they enter the forests again, establish themselves in huts covered with the bark of the canoe-birch, or the arbor-vitro; and, though the cold is so intense that the mercury sometimes remains for several weeks from 40[degrees] to 50[degrees] [Fahr.] below the point of congelation, they persevere, with unabated courage, in their work." According to Springer, the company consists of choppers, swampers
,--who make roads,--barker and loader, teamster, and cook.
Sinclair's talent at weaving issues, from harvesting to taxation, into his stores of woods history and policy make his subjects come alive, from the "swampers
" who cut logging roads to the timber baron David Pingree Jr., whose land Sinclair eventually managed for Pingree's descendants.
Mine were "swampers
": high tops like the lumberjacks wore, but made of rubber.
Years after watching the first Swampers
video on VHS titled The Nor' Easter, my dreams of hunting the Atlantic Coast for sea ducks appeared to be coming true.
One reason was the four-man houseband - called the Swampers
- who provided the bedrock of the worldfamous sound.
"These letter patterns," said Captain Brian Rhodes, owner of The Swampers
, an the East Coast-based outfitting service, "are just guidelines; something simple to go by.