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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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A Wonderful and Inspiring Influence Music in the Armies

A Wonderful and Inspiring Influence Music in the Armies

(p.111) Chapter 5 A Wonderful and Inspiring Influence Music in the Armies
Battle Hymns

Christian McWhirter

University of North Carolina Press

It was soldiers, not civilians, who most effectively distributed music during the Civil War. Soldiers wrote, sang, and played their songs to entertain themselves and influence those around them. Music was even more important in the armies. Its ability to connect soldiers with the emotions and memories of home was particularly important. To entertain soldiers and boost their morale, Civil War armies hired professional bands or created amateur ones to accompany them to the front.

Keywords:   soldiers, civilians, Civil War, music, armies, professional bands

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