Songs of the Civil War

War seems to bring out the best in songwriters. It’s as if the carnage reminds the composers and lyricists of the important things in life that are threatened by the conflict. Here’s a program about how the songwriters responded to the Civil War. We’ll make gallant charges upon the enemy, join Sherman’s march to the sea, and languish in a war prison, listening for the Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! of the feet of our comrades coming to set us free. We’ll campaign for “Lincoln and Liberty”, write home to Mother just before the battle, and “Follow the Drinking Gourd” with the slaves escaping north on the Underground Railroad. And we won’t forget Aura Lea, Dear Evalina, Lorena, and all the other girls back home.

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