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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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John Browns and Battle Cries

John Browns and Battle Cries

The Patriotic Songs of the Union

(p.32) Chapter 2 John Browns and Battle Cries
Battle Hymns

Christian McWhirter

University of North Carolina Press

Civil War soldiers were highly musical. In fact, soldiers created one of the Union's national hymn, “John Brown's Body.” This chapter discusses the two leading patriotic songs of the Union. During the Civil War, “John Brown's Body” was the most beloved song in the Army of the Potomac. Its only competitor in the western armies was George Frederick Root's “The Battle Cry of Freedom.”

Keywords:   Civil War, North, John Brown's Body, Union, patriotic songs, Army of the Potomac, George Frederick Root, The Battle Cry of Freedom

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