Songs of the Civil War

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There’s nothing like war to bring out the songwriters, and the Civil War brought out the songwriters.   Men like George F. Root, James Bland, Patrick Gilmore, and Henry Work sent young men marching to the recruiting offices to the tune of “We Are Coming, Father Abraham”, or citizens campaigning with “Lincoln and Liberty”, The boys in blue sang “Rally ‘Round the Flag and “Marching Through Georgia” while the boys in gray sang “Maryland, My Maryland”, and “The Bonnie Blue Flag.”  They sang the praises of Aura Lee, Annie Laurie, and Sweet Evalina, and cried over Nellie Gray, Lily Dale, and Lorena.  As the War drew on, they sang about “The Vacant Chair” or “The Picture On The Wall”, and wished for their “Old Kentucky Home.”  This songbook tells the story of the Civil War in song.

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