At my Ohio Division Convention this weekend we had a program on "The Music of the Civil War" by Steve Ball. Mr. Ball specializes in the music of the Civil War and the music of Stephen Foster. He has devoted the past 20 years to studying this music. The presentation featured tunes starting in the mid 1850's that would become important regarding the climate of the country before the war began in 1861 and would continue thru 1865. He had patriotic tunes from the Union and Confederate standpoint, songs cherished by both sides, a sing along. and finally tunes that reflected the loss and melancholy the war would produce. The history and influence of each song was shared, as well as the progress of the war itself. Mr. Ball plays the guitar and sings each song and is accompanied by his wife, Lisa who plays the base and sings with him on some songs. My favorites that he sung were "Dixie", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", "Goober Peas", "Tenting On The Old Camp Ground Tonight", "Lorena". "The Yellow Rose of Texas", and of course, "My Old Kentucky Home". Steve played all the songs on his original 1845 Martin Guitar. It was a beautiful instrument. He has the guitar and case. He also displayed original sheet music from the times. It was a most enjoyable evening. We liked his program so much that my husband and I bought two of his CDs, "Songs of the Soldiers of the American Civil War" and "Faded Coat of Blue". Hope this posted in correct forum.