Civil War Lyrics, Songs & Music
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Civil War Lyrics, Songs & Music
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Young volunteers like 16-year old Edwin F. Jemison pictured above inspired many songwriters by their courage and sacrifice. Jemison was killed at age 17 and was buried in his native Milledgeville, Georgia. One inspired song writer was John Hill Hewitt (1801-1890) Born and raised in New York City, as an adult Hewitt moved to Augusta, Georgia and later embraced the Confederacy. Too old to fight, Hewitt instead wrote many patriotic and romanticized tunes. "The Young Volunteer"Music Page website
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Although this is no one in particular, he is and represents the many young men and boys who fought in the Civil War. Their stories interest me greatly.
Born and raised in New York City, as an adult John Hill Hewitt (1801-1890) moved to Augusta, Georgia and later embraced the Confederacy. Too old to fight, Hewitt instead wrote many patriotic and romanticized tunes - more than 300 songs...
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Edwin Francis Jemison. Private in the 2nd Louisiana Infantry. #civilwar
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"The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a traditional folk song. Its original version became associated with the legend of how an indentured servant named Emily D. West (aka Emily Morgan) unwittingly aided Texans in winning the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle in their War of Independence from Mexico. During the Civil War the song was popular with Confederate soldiers, especially...
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Lovely, lovely yellow rose...my bridesmaids carried one long stem yellow rose with baby's breath in my wedding. I carried three.
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Yellow Rose <3 Beautiful Yellow Rose. Yellow color Rose symbolizes-Friendship, Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight. <3
The lyrics to this popular tune of African-American slave origin were written in 1846 by Silas S. Steele. Often called the “Rose of Alabamy,” it’s an example of the many pre-war “walk-around” minstrel show songs often performed in black-face by white entertainers in Northern cities.
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Civil War Lyrics Rose of Alabama by Silas S. Steele | Civil War Music
An English “sea shanty”, or shipboard working song, it chronicles the history of the most successful ship in the Confederate Navy, the C.S.S. Alabama. The original author is unknown.
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CSS Alabama was a screw sloop-of-war built for the Confederate States Navy at Birkenhead, United Kingdom, in 1862 by John Laird Sons and Company. Alabama served as a commerce raider, attacking Union merchant and naval ships over the course of her two-year career, during which she never anchored in a Southern port. She was sunk in battle by the USS Kearsarge in 1864 near the Port of Cherbourg, France.
Painting by Rear Admiral J.W. Schmidt, USN (Retired), 1961, depicting the CSS Alabama in chase of a merchant ship. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC. Donation of R Adm. J.W. Schmidt. Large image here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CSSAlabama.jpg
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Published in 1843 by Dan Emmett (the author of “Dixie”), who also claimed authorship, “Old Dan Tucker” may have evolved from a popular slaves song about a part-time minister who lived near...
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The great blackface minstrel, Dan Emmett, late in life. He was friends with a black musical family called the Snowdens. A lot of his material was taken from them and many believe "Dixie" which is credited to Emmett may have come from the Snowdens. Emmett was so outraged that the Confederacy had adopted his song in the war that he joined the Union Army.
Civil War Lyrics Old Dan Tucker by Dan Emmet | Civil War Music
First published in 1848, “Oh! Susanna” was the first big hit of Stephen Collins Foster’s illustrious career. The song became an anthem of the California Gold Rush in 1849, and remained popular throughout the Civil War. Known today as...
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Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair - A popular song of the day composed by Stephen Foster in 1854. It is still seen in media even today. Popular movies and cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny have sung this song. this was one of the first songs written that was intended for amateurs and professionals for singing along with the sheet music. Foster allegedly wrote this song for his wife, Jennie, from whom he was separated in an attempt to woe her back.
Worshipers move in a circle while shuffling or stomping their feet and clapping their hands. Performances often occurred at night, continuing for...
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Lawrence McKiver, a founder and the longtime lead singer of the McIntosh County Shouters, a Georgia group representing the last community in America to perform the traditional ring shout — a centuries-old black form of ecstatic worship that marries singing, percussion and movement — died on March 25 on St. Simons Island, Ga. He was 97.
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Marching Through Georgia by Harry Clay Work * Civil War Lyrics * Civil War Music
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Fires blaze while Union soldiers destroy railroad tracks in Atlanta, Georgia, in this painting. The scorched-earth policy of “total war” was characteristic of Sherman’s March to the Sea.
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Sherman's March to the Sea occurred from November 15th to December 21st of 1864. This battle was led by Major General William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union army. It started in Atlanta, Georgia and ended with the port of Savannah being captured by the Union. This battle really struck the Confederacy and was begininning to lead to the end of the Confederacy.
Though the date and location where James Pierpont wrote “Jingle Bells” are disputed, he performed it publicly while living in Savannah, Georgia, and subsequently copyrighted it from there in 1857. Its popularity spread slowly, yet...
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"Jingle Bells" started as a drinking song.
There is an historial marker here about this. Though the date and location where James Pierpont wrote “Jingle Bells” are disputed, he performed it publicly while living in Savannah, Georgia, and subsequently copyrighted it from there in 1857. Its popularity spread slowly, yet...
Written perhaps by anonymous Confederate soldiers, “Goober Peas” made light of the very real Southern food shortages late in the war. Published after the war, A. E. Blackmar continued the songs’ humorous connotations by crediting its authorship to...
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The poem “A Georgia Volunteer” was written not long after the war’s end by Mary Ashley Townsend. It reflects the sad and remorseful attitudes of many Southerners following the Confederacy’s defeat. The poem was set to music in...
Loved by many, despised by others, “Dixie” is still among the most recognizable of all American songs. Ironically, it was written by a Northerner, Daniel Decatur Emmett. Bryant’s (blackface) Minstrels premiered it in New York City on April 4, 1859. “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” was an instant hit, and...
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Loved by many, despised by others, “Dixie” is still among the most recognizable of all American songs. Ironically, it was written by a Northerner, Daniel Decatur Emmett. Bryant’s (blackface) Minstrels premiered it in New York City on April 4, 1859. “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” was an instant hit
Daniel Emmett (1815-1904). Created "Dixie" - one of the most popular songs to have emerged in the United States during the 19th century. During the Civil War, “Dixie” reinforced and strengthened the identity of the South. However, this was not intention of the song’s composer who was a loyal Unionist and, reportedly, disgusted by its southern popularity.
Civil War Lyrics Dixie by Daniel Decatur Emmett | Civil War Music
Written by Cool White, it was originally published as “Lubly Fan” in 1844. A favorite of minstrel audiences, its words were easily changed to reflect the location of each performance (e.g. Buffalo Gals, Charleston Gals, Mobile Gals, etc.). The song was popular through the war.
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Four blackface performers making exaggerated movements with arms and legs.
Bryant's Minstrels dancing the walkabout.
In the 1840s and '50s, William Henry Lane and Thomas Dilward became the first African Americans to perform on the minstrel stage. All-black troupes followed as early as 1855. These companies emphasized that their ethnicity made them the only true delineators of black song and dance, with one advertisement describing a troupe as "SLAVES from Alabama, EARNING THEIR FREEDOM by giving concerts under the guidance of their Northern friends". 1859 playbill of Bryant's Minstrels
A symbol of secession, the “Bonnie Blue Flag” was an unofficial flag of the Confederate States of America. It was especially popular during the war’s early years. The song by the same name combined lyrics written in 1861 by Harry McCarthy with the tune “The Irish Jaunting Car.”
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The "Bonnie Blue Flag", the first unofficial Confederate flag that first flew above the capital building in Baton Rouge 1810.
Symbol of Secession: The Bonnie Blue Flag was an unofficial flag of the Confederate States of America. It was especially popular during the early years of the Civil War. The song by the same name combined lyrics written in 1861 by Harry McCarthy with the tune The Irish Jaunting Car
one of my favorite flags.... its tattooed on my back along with the battle flag <3
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The Story of Thomas Bethune also known as Thomas Wiggins also known as "Blind Tom" (1849 - 1908)
Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1861 after visiting a Union army camp. Utilizing the already popular abolitionist tune, “John Brown’s Body,” the Battle Hymn quickly became a rallying cry and the most popular song of the war in the North.
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Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) ~ "In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, ~ With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me: ~ As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, ~ While God is marching on. (The last stanza in her famous poem The Battle Hymn of the Republic)
Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) She was inspired to write “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” after meeting Abraham Lincoln at the White House in November 1861. The lyrics, set to already existing music, were published in Atlantic Monthly and quickly became one of the Union army’s most popular songs. Was very active in the women's suffrage movement in USA. Started Mother's Day too.
Civil War Lyrics Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe | Civil War Music
Battle Cry of Freedom by George F. Root * Civil War Lyrics * Civil War Music
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The 10th Vermont Retreat: Charlie George Saves His Little Brother Along the Way - http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/10th-vermont-retreat-charlie-george-saves-little-brother/
The Lousey Life of a 10th Vermont Civil War Soldier in Camp - http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/lousey-life-10th-vermont-civil-war-soldier-camp/
In 1835, South Carolinian William Walker combined lyrics written in the 1770s by John Newton with a popular tune called “New Britain.” The result was the most popular American hymn of the Civil War era and of all-time.