Sunday, December 22, 2013
Charles Pickard Ware
Charles Pickard Ware (1840–1921), was an American educator and music transcriber. An abolitionist, he served as a civilian administrator in the Union Army, where he was a supervisor of freedmen on plantations at Port Royal, South Carolina during the Civil War. It is here that he transcribed many slave songs with tunes and lyrics, later published in Slave Songs of the United States which is the first collection of American folk music. Charles Ware was also an educator in Boston, Massachusetts.