Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 21:05:18 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan
Subject: Re: Thole story

Oops--in my earlier reply to the "thole" query, I attached it to David's
message (below) when I should have linked it to Mike Salovesh's comment on
"the old." Sorry to both gentlemen!

At 01:26 AM 4/25/98 +0200, you wrote:
>In the recording of an African American born circa 1855-1860, I have the
>expression "one man a-riding tole mule" (tow mule?). I think he's
>actually saying t'ole mule. Can anyone confirm that "thole" (of a horse
>or other draft animal) can mean "lead", "leading"?
>Also (for any Civil War experts out there) this speaker refers to
>cannons and wagons with /bo:ts/ on them passing through Jasper, TX. He's
>either saying "bolts" or "boats". Does anyone know if the unionest
>forces carted boats around East Texas on wagons at the close of the War?
>David Sutcliffe