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Battle HymnsThe Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War$
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Christian McWhirter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835500

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882627_mcwhirter

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Words Were as Weapons music on the Home front

Words Were as Weapons music on the Home front

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(p.83) Chapter 4 Words Were as Weapons music on the Home front
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Battle Hymns
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Christian McWhirter

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807882627_mcwhirter.8

During the Civil War, music was used to inform listeners about the conflict. This chapter discusses songs that portray battles, incidents, and sounds and emotions of Civil War. A large number of songs described events, ranging from large battles to minor incidents. These songs include George Frederick Root's “The First Gun Is Fired” and P. O. Bliss' “Hold the Fort.”

Keywords:   Civil War, music, battles, George Frederick Root, The First Gun is Fired, P. O. Bliss, Hold the Fort

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