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  1. Claude Bauer

    Lincoln and his love of music

    Abraham Lincoln was a very emotional person with an extremely strong bond to music, which helped carry him through some of the darkest days of the Civil War. This series of short educational lectures from the Kennedy Center provides brief and enjoyable explanations of: Lincoln & Popular Music...
  2. Claude Bauer

    The Hated Musicians and the “Upidee Song”

    "No braying horn or screaming fife At dawn shall call to arms." --from Bivouac Of The Dead While music played an important role in the lives of soldiers, field music, which regulated life in the camps, was regarded by many with same level of affection as an annoying alarm clock. Those who've...
  3. Claude Bauer

    African-American Music from the Civil War Era

    Besides the music of the soldiers in the armies and the families on the home front, there was another genre of music in the 1860s that spoke to the hearts of souls of millions of enslaved African-Americans. Many of these songs are performed in this video by The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Sappy, Wonderful Song Book Art, " When This Cruel War Is Over "

    Isn't it evocative? Illustration scream ' era ', lyrics got to you because an awful lot of Americans could relate to them. Not being at ALL musical, still love the bejammers out of some of these. I realize this one was well known and still is- I'm always, always smitten by era art work-...
  5. R

    Music Yesterday, today, and what is what.

    During the American Revolution there was a song we colonist embraced which the Brits sang as well to make fun of us. A Dandy is someone who puts on airs and is a show off, and a Doodle was someone who .... didn't have a full load in the head... so we stuck a feather in our cap and call it what...
  6. nancyscalf

    Civil War Music Albums

    I have Jay Unger's and Molly Mason's Civil War Classics Live at Gettysburg. What other albums have you all found?
  7. Claude Bauer

    National Civil War Field Music School 2020 registration now open

    The National Civil War Field Music School, sponsored by the National Park Service and now in its 20th year, opened registration for the June 5-7, 2020 session, to be held at at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. A full tuition scholarship is available: Here is the school's website...
  8. Claude Bauer

    Welcome to the Music & Songs of the 1860’s Forum!

    Huzzah! Welcome everyone to the new Music & Songs of the 1860’s forum, a discussion group that I’m sure will be an interesting and active addition to Civil War Talk! Music is a big topic, and there were so many interesting things happening musically during the Civil War era, we’ll certainly have...
  9. Claude Bauer

    Civil War Music forum?

    Unless I missed it, I don't see a forum specifically for Civil War Music. I've seen lots of posts about music spread throughout other forums on CWT, but nowhere to specifically address the topic on its own. Sub-forums could include: Field Music (fife/drum/bugle music played in camp, on...
  10. Claude Bauer

    Monocacy Field Music now Auditioning Fifers & Drummers!

    The Monocacy Field Music, based in Frederick, MD is currently auditioning drummers and fifers (and flutists interested in playing fife). While not officially affiliated with the Park Service, the Monocacy Field Music was formed primarily to support programs at the Monocacy National Battlefield...
  11. A. Roy

    ACW songs performed by a Canadian-English duo, based on old sheet music

    Today I ran across this 11-minute performance by Patricia Hammond (vocalist) and Matt Redman (banjo and guitarist) of American Civil War songs. Hammond says she started collecting Civil War sheet music at the age of nine. I think what they're trying to do here is reproduce popular songs of the...
  12. Andy Cardinal

    First Bull Run Lt. John Pelham: "The whistling of bullets and shells was music to me, I gloried in it"

    "I have seen what Romancers call glorious war. I have seen it in all its phases. I have heard the booming of cannon, and the more deadly rattle of musketry at a distance — I have heard it all nearby and have been under its destructive showers; I have seen men and horses fall thick and fast...
  13. Quiet1

    Unusual Stephen Foster songs

    "You know...Camptown Races, Oh Susannah...Stephen stinkin' Foster!" Yes, that guy. He wrote more than those songs, though --in fact, he wrote or co-wrote a whole lot of music. Although some of Stephen Foster's biggest hits were minstrel-show tunes (as in the Tombstone quote above), his...
  14. Belle Montgomery

    Robbie Robertson Discusses Writing The Band’s ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Oct 22, 2019

    Robbie Robertson was recently interviewed by John Fugelsang during a visit to SiriusXM. Robertson spoke about the meaning behind The Band’s classic song, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” One of several highlights on The Band’s 1969 self-titled sophomore album, “The Night They Drove Old...
  15. T

    What Could Have Been Used As Instruments In Rural Mississippi

    Howdy! Happy to be here - new to your site. I came upon it by accident while doing research for a post CIVIL WAR play in which I've been cast as a Freedman Bureau worker who also joins in on some musical energy. (I Googled if metal pails were common in 1860s, to use as percussion, and found the...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Song of Summer in 1843

    "Family Picnic" by Lee Dubin It seems every summer, radio DJs and promoters crown one pop song as the “Song of the Summer.” I wonder what our Victorian friends might have selected as their “Song of Summer.” I think it might be a song composed as an ode to summer. Summer in the 19th century...

    History's Headlines: Civil War piano man

    History's Headlines: Civil War piano man By: Frank Whelan Posted: Jun 08, 2019 06:00 AM EDT Updated: Jun 10, 2019 07:47 PM EDT It was at roughly 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 1863 when the Williamsport, Pennsylvania telegraph in the local telegraph office began to pound wildly. The words it tapped out...
  18. Belle Montgomery

    How Musical “Battles” Connected Women to the Violence of Civil War

    Laura Hastings Hatch's 'Battle of the Wilde' To paraphrase historian David McCullough, the Civil War was fought in 10,000 places, from Valverde, New Mexico, and Tullahoma Tennessee, to St. Alban’s, Vermont, and Fernandina on the Florida coast. The battle locations were many, but the...
  19. Cody C. Engdahl

    Who was "Old P*ss?"

    Here's me playing it if that's of any help: I'm an old-time fiddler. I play a lot of fiddle tunes that date back to the Civil War and earlier. One of my favorite tunes is called "Old ****." (The blocked out word is slang for urine) It's a rather pretty tune despite its crude name. The story...
  20. LoyaltyOfDogs

    The "Singing" War Dog of Co. F, 5th Massachusetts Infantry

    The band of the Fifth Massachusetts Infantry celebrated the regiment's return home from the war with a concert that was almost, but not quite, drowned out by the "singing" of Company F's dog. (I imagine the Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery might have wished for such a band.) "Everybody...
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