Music of the Civil War Essay examples
Music was important to the Union and also to the Confederacy. The troops sang on battlefields, around campfires and while marching. They sang to …show more content…
The most popular marching song of the Union troops was "John Brown's Body Lies a Mould' ring in the Grave." written by Thomas Bishop. Abolitionist, Julia Ward Howe, who wrote words to the tune and made it into "The Battle Hymn of The Republic", heard this song. The song has become one of the most well known of patriotic songs.
Another popular song was "Dixie's Land". It was a northern minstrel song, which caught on in the south. The writer of the piece, Daniel Emmett, was upset when it was used during the inauguration of the southern president Jefferson Davis. You can infer from this that everyone liked the same type of music and the two sides were not very different deep down.
For the recordings that I made to accompany this paper I chose "John Brown's Body" and "Dixie's Land". We used instruments that would have been used during the Civil War to play the songs- banjo, guitar and mandolin. At the Gettysburg museum I saw the guitars that soldiers carried to the war. They were small, parlor