Robert E Lee once said "I don't believe we can have an army without music." Indeed, many songs were popularized in the Civil War. Can you name 10 of the most significant? Source: The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War, by Thomas Flagel.
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Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett, this song was considered by some as an "anthem" for the Confederate States, though ironically the songwriter was a unionist, and found its popularity in the south repulsive
I Wish I was in Dixie's Land
With contributions from several writers, this Ballad of the man responsible for the Harper's Ferry Raid would get some lyrical changes and become "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in later years
John Brown's Body
Credited to John Howard Payne and Henry Bishop, this song was actually banned in the camps, because the officers feared it would inspire thoughts of desertion
Home, Sweet Home
Written by George Frederick Root, this song exploded in popularity after the Union's victory at Antietam
Battle Cry of Freedom
Written by Harry McCarthy, this song borrows its title from the nickname of the Confederacy's first flag. It also goes by the title "We are a Band of Brothers"
Bonnie Blue Flag
Written by James Ryder Randall, despite this song's anti-union theme, it ironically became the official state song of Maryland in 1939
Maryland, My Maryland
Written by Reverend Henry Webster this mournful love song proved to popular with both armies
Written by James Sloan Gibbons, this unionist song was written in response to Lincoln's call for another 300,000 soldiers to fight in the war.
We are Coming, Father Abraham
Written by Walter Kittredge, this song was popular as a lament for the union enlisted soldiers
Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
This song was originally written as the poem "The Picket-Guard"