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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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Gay Deceibers and Bonnie Blue Flags

Gay Deceibers and Bonnie Blue Flags

The Anthems of the Confederacy

(p.59) Chapter 3 Gay Deceibers and Bonnie Blue Flags
Battle Hymns

Christian McWhirter

University of North Carolina Press

Northerners were content with patriotic songs, but Confederates sought anthems. This chapter describes the chosen anthems of the Confederacy. The first anthem widely adopted by Confederates was “Dixie”. Its inclusion in the Jefferson Davis's inauguration in Montgomery on February 18, 1861 completed the song's transformation into the Confederacy's national anthem. However, “Dixie” was not the Confederacy's sole anthem. The Confederates embraced another song that enjoyed continuous popularity similar to “Dixie”: “The Bonnie Blue Flag.”

Keywords:   Northerners, patriotic songs, Confederates, anthems, Dixie, Jefferson Davies, Bonnie Blue Flag

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