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Music of the Civil War
Transcript of Music of the Civil War
People did not just write and publish music to express their patriotism, it was also a business.
The north was more highly developed than the south in the music industry.
Many songs sung in the south were northern tunes with a change in the lyrics.
Music relieved soldiers from depression.
Sang to keep their spirits up and feet moving.
Soldiers sang, danced, performed and played instruments to strengthen their moral.
-in civil war music-
Music was often tied to work activities, as well as rituals.
'The drinking Gourd' was a very popular tune because it helped them escape slavery.
These soldiers enjoyed singing at camps and felt music was a good pass time.
By the end of the civil war, more music had been created, played and sung than during all other american wars combined.
Robert E. Lee once remarked: "I don't believe we can have an army without music".
The music covered every feeling and conflict and eased the soldiers' fear.
The business behind it
The Bonnie Blue Flag
The Bonnie blue flag was written by Harry Macarthy.
This song basically represented the secession of South Carolina and the rest of the states that followed.
'The Bonnie blue Flag'
A union general 'Benjamin Butler' destroyed all
printed copies he could
find, put the publishers
in jail, and fined anyone who sang or whistled
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