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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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The Singing Element

(p.212) Conclusion
Battle Hymns

Christian McWhirter

University of North Carolina Press

This conclusion discusses Alfred E. Williams' attempts to discern why songs such as “Dixie,” “John Brown's Body, ” “Just before the Battle”, “Mother, ” and “When This Cruel War Is Over” provided more resonance and meaning during the Civil War. Whitman concluded that there was something about them that can only be described as the “singing element”, setting these songs apart from other literary and artistic forms.

Keywords:   Alfred E. Williams, Dixie, John Brown's Body, Just before the Battle, Mother, When This Cruel War Is Over, Civil War, singing element

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