The American Civil War started in April, 1861 and ended in May 1865. It was fought over many issues. People from all ethnicities fought on both sides.
A total of 618,222 Men, women and children lost their lives during this bloody conflict in America
Music the voice that we all share.
Though some of the songs are listed as North or South, it is well known that both sides played them and they where being played before the inception of the Civil War
"Dixie", also known as "Dixie's Land", "I Wish I Was in Dixie", and other titles, is a popular song in the Southern United States. It is one of the most distinctively Southern musical products of the 19th century and probably the best-known song to have come out of blackface minstrelsy.
It was not a folk song at its creation, but it has since entered the American folk vernacular. The song likely cemented the word "Dixie" in the American vocabulary as a nickname for the Southern United States.
Most sources credit Ohio-born Daniel
Decatur Emmett with the song's composition, although other people have claimed
credit, even during Emmett's lifetime. Compounding the problem are Emmett's own
confused accounts of its writing and his tardiness in registering its copyright.
The latest challenge has been made on behalf of the Snowden Family Band of Knox
County, Ohio, who may have collaborated with Emmett to write "Dixie".
Union Song "Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
At a flag-raising ceremony at Fort Warren, near Boston, on Sunday May 12, 1861, the "John Brown" song was publicly played "perhaps for the first time". The American Civil War had begun the previous month.
The "Battle Hymn of the Republic", also known as "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" outside of the United States, is a lyric by the abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song "John Brown's Body". Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of the age (through allusions to biblical passages such as Isaiah 63 and Revelation 19) with the American Civil War. It is an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.
Popular Song "Battle Cry of Freedom"
A patriotic song advocating the causes of Unionism and abolitionism, it became so popular that composer H. L. Schreiner and lyricist W. H. Barnes adapted it for the Confederacy.
Popular Song "When Johnny Came Marching Home"
The lyrics to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" were written by the Irish-American bandleader Patrick Gilmore during the America Civil War. Its first sheet music publication was deposited in the Library of Congress on September 26, 1863.
The melody was previously published around July 1, 1863, as the music to the Civil War drinking song "Johnny Fill Up the Bowl". It was a topical drinking song that commented on events in the American Civil War. It was frequently refitted with new words by soldiers and other publishers.
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" was immensely popular and was sung by both sides. It became a hit in England as well.
For more great music from the Civil War Era please visit: http://civilwarpoetry.org/
Here are some great resources about the Civil War era.
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