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Deven Black

Poetry and Music of the War Between the States - 6 views

    The War Between the States was the pivotal event in our Nation's history.
    If you want only the facts about the conflict, any textbook will do.
    But if you want to understand the thoughts and emotions
    of the men who faced each other across the battlefield
    and those who waited for them at home,
    look to the poems and songs written during and after the War.
Deven Black

Civil War Poetry And Music - - 5 views

    "Millions of Americans fought and died during the Civil War, and the legacy of the Civil War remains in the poetry and music left behind. Music was used extensively during the Civil War as a means of inspiring loyalty among the troops, and as a source of inspiration and motivation during marching. Poetry was written to encourage unity, to document the experiences of soldiers, and to share women's place in the war.
    Bands on both sides would frequently borrow songs and lyrics from the other side, using them as parodies. One such tune was "Dixie", though the song was created some period of time before the Civil War, it gained in popularity during this time. "Dixie" originally tells the story of a freed black slave yearning to return home to the simple life of the plantation, both the North and South however, created their own wartime versions. "The Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Home Sweet Home" also featured both Union and Confederate versions. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Southern Cross," were poems that were later set to music."
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