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  1. Claude Bauer

    Discussion 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. USS ALASKA

    Discussion 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    Raising Questions about the Origins of "Dixie" -song forever identified with the Confederacy & South

    When Walker Percy accepted the National Book Award in 1962, reporters asked the adopted Mississippian why there were so many good writers who were Southerners. “Because we lost the War,” was his reply. Flannery O’Connor, one such writer, was credited with the quote in Farrell O’Gorman’s 2004...
  14. Belle Montgomery

    The Anthemic Allure Of 'Dixie,' An Enduring Confederate Monument

    The 2nd South Carolina String Band in July, onstage in the main tent of the annual reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Bilal Qureshi for NPR This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem. When...
  15. J

    Civil War Drum Calls

    See Link for: CIVIL WAR DRUM CALLS FROM: INFANTRY TACTICS, FOR THE INSTRUCTION, EXERCISE, AND MANŒUVRES OF THE SOLDIER, A COMPANY, LINE OF SKIRMISHERS, BATTALION, BRIGADE, OR CORPS D'ARMEE. BY BRIG.-GEN. SILAS CASEY, U. S. ARMY. Vol. I. SCHOOLS OF THE SOLDIER AND COMPANY. INSTRUCTIONS...
  16. Frea74

    Confederate sheet music published in …Baltimore? (!)

    I am truly fascinated by the wealth of music and song production during the CW, both Union and Confederate, and I've been gathering info and multimedia material, incl. scans of original sheet music. What struck me as peculiar, though, is the realization that quite a few of *Confederate* songs...
  17. LoyaltyOfDogs

    RIP, dog (and musicians) of the Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery

    Several posts have mentioned the hazards, besides shot and shell, that threatened dogs who accompanied soldiers in the Civil War. It's doubtful any other dog succumbed to the malady that the men of the Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery blamed for their dog's death. In most cases, the music of...
  18. Tennessee_Mountainman

    Period music sung by Tom Roush

    I would like to share a new artist I've come across that I believe deserves more attention. His name is Tom Roush, and he puts his own spice in some of these famous songs from the period. I use to listen to 2nd SC String Band, but like anything great it can get old after a while. I'll share a...
  19. SWMODave

    The two tallest of the figures represent the two deceased

    From Crescent-shine by Isreal Gibbons The telegraphic announcement, on Saturday afternoon, that Lieut. Col. Charles D. Dreux had fallen in a skirmish with the enemy near Newport News, in Virginia, fell like a shock, and with saddening effect, upon this community. The hope was at once...
  20. Z

    Civil War Popular Culture

    My apologies if this already has a thread. I’m a big fan of the television show Generation Kill (for those who haven’t seen it, Generation Kill tells the true story of the Recon Marines during the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. It’s by the same guy that made The Wire, David Simon). While watching...
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