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On The March Through Some Civil War Lyrics

A quick survey of the music and lyrics in Irwin Silber’s book Songs of the Civil War reveals some interesting details about “marching” in Civil War culture. The following notes are not intended to be a comprehensive study, but rather … Continue reading

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What do Ukraine and the Union Army Have in Common?

We’ve all seen them–the images pouring out of our TVs and computers of the Ukrainian refugees heading toward who-knows-where, carrying armfuls of cats. It seems as if Ukraine is an entire country of cat people! And well-behaved felines, too. I … Continue reading

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Civil War Song Pulls the Heart’s Strings

You know your Civil War library is significant when you are browsing for something and come across an item or items you had completely forgotten about. Such was the case when I stumbled upon a two-volume set – The Union … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Civil War Christmas

Earlier this week, I was wrapping what few presents we planned to give this year to our friends and family. I always have music playing in the background while I work, mostly to fill the silence. On shuffle, my playlist … Continue reading

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Under Fire: Just Before the Battle Mother?

While the majority of Civil War soldiers bravely stood their first experiences under fire, there were always those few looking for a quick retreat. A musical parody on the solemn tune “Just Before the Battle, Mother” poked threatening fun at … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 10/4-10/10/21

It’s been a while since we’ve done this question… What’s your favorite Civil War era song?  

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Question of the Week: 6/22-6/28/20

It’s been a while since we’ve asked this question… What’s your favorite Civil War era song?

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Ending The War: The Bonnie White Flag

Most Civil War buffs are familiar with the secession song The Bonnie Blue Flag. However, but 1864, at least one Confederate officer held prisoner at Camp Chase had different sentiments; perhaps surrender offered a better choice? His poetry—The Bonnie White … Continue reading

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Common Soldiers Writing Song: “Oh, How Do You Like The Army?”

I’ve been reading through some Civil War songs and poetry, looking for something suitable for Women’s History Month that I haven’t shared before. Though I’ve found some splendid pieces, they are rather sad and fully of sensibility and 19th Century … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: The Gettysburg Soundtrack

Gettysburg had become an obsession. My first trip there had captured my imagination. At the tender age of five, my parents, with a push primarily from my father, had arranged what became the first of many yearly family trips to … Continue reading

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