Civil War Songs and Hymns

150th anniversary remembrance


Make Music!

Music refines the taste, purifies the heart, and elevates our nature. It does more: it soothes in sorrow, tranquillizes in passion, and wears away the irritabilities of life. It intensifies love, it fires the patriotism, and makes the altar of our devotion burn with a purer, holier flame...when wealth and fame and worldly honor are felt to be nothing; when the aims and ambitions and aspirations which were wont to rouse up all the energies of nature toward their accomplishment fail of their accustomed power, music renders the burden of sickness light, and makes us all oblivious of pain and suffering.

-- W.W. Hall, M.D., Hall's Journal of Health for 1862



"Glory, Hallelujah" - Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era (CD-ROM)

"Lincoln and Liberty" - Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era (DVD-ROM)

Civil War Music Lecture

Interview with Film Composer, John Frizzell

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A Civil War Music Treasury
ith 8 World Premiere Recordings
a video program with
rare Civil War era hymns
by Stephen Foster!


"Glory, Hallelujah"
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

The CD-ROM, playable on computer with Microsoft Word documents and mp 3 audio files, was compiled and edited by Roger Lee Hall, a composer and musicologist and an authority on earlier American vocal music.

Included is what is believed to be the First Modern Day Recording of original published versions of both "John Brown" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," from a concert in 1980 titled, "Music in Old Boston," celebrating the 350th anniversary of the City of Boston.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)
One of the most popular American composers
in the 1850s and 1860s

The music album with examples from North and South from 1859 to 1869. In addition to songs and hymns of the Civil War Era, there is a commemorative hymn in memory of those lost during the Civil War titled, "They Who Seek The Throne Of Grace," based on a piano theme by Louis Moreau Gottschalk and arranged by Roger Lee Hall. Included are 7 Premiere Recordings from live performances, included rare Civil War era hymns by Stephen Foster:

Stephen Foster (1826-1864)
America's best known 19th century songwriter


All the recordings are from the American Music Recordings Archive.




Music Titles:

  • 1. I WISH I WAS IN DIXIE’S LAND (aka: DIXIE) (1859)
  • 3. THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG (1861)
  • 5. GO DOWN, MOSES (1862) – Afro-American spiritual
  • 6. A PRAYER FOR THE CAPTIVE (1862)– Shaker pacifist hymn
  • 7. CUMBERLAND GAP (ca. 1862)
  • 8. GOOBER PEAS (ca. 1862)
  • 9. LORENA (1857)
  • 11. +THE PURE, THE BRIGHT, THE BEAUTIFUL (1863) - Stephen Foster
  • 12. +OVER THE RIVER (1863) - Stephen Foster
  • 13. +GIVE US THIS DAY (1863) - Stephen Foster
  • 14. +WHAT SHALL THE HARVEST BE? (1863) - Stephen Foster
  • 15. WE ARE COMING, FATHER ABRAAM 300,000 MORE - Stephen Foster
  • 16. WILLIE HAS GONE TO THE WAR (1863) - Stephen Foster
  • 18. WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME (1863) - Patrick Gilmore
  • 19. +ANGEL OF PEACE (1869) - text: Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 20. +THEY WHO SEEK THE THRONE OF GRACE - based on a piano theme by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, arranged by Roger Lee Hall
    original published versions from 19th century music collection

    + = Premiere Recording

Portrait of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1808-1894)
poet, essayist, physician who wrote the text for "Angel of Peace"




"Drummer Jackson"
79th U.S. Colored Troops

Black men assembled in "rejoicing meetings" all over the land on the last night of December 1862, waiting for the stroke of midnight to bring freedom to those states in the secessionist states. At the contaband camp [for runaway slaves] in Washington., D.C., the assembled blacks sang over and over again: "Go down, Moses...Let my people go."
-- Eileen Southern, The Music of Black Americans: A History, page 236

"Glory, Hallelujah"
Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era

Compiled by Roger Lee Hall
(AMRC 0015)

  • CD-ROM playable on computer, with complete music texts and background information in Microsoft Word, an image gallery of Civil War sheet music, and songs and hymns from the Civil War Era, including the original versions of "John Brown" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." All of these items are included on the CD-ROM for just $19.95.

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"Lincoln and Liberty"
Music From Abraham Lincoln's Era

New 2nd edition, 2015

This title was originally prepared by Roger Lee Hll for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009, and has been revised and expanded on a multi-media DVD-R with background information about Lincoln's love of music, an illustrated Listener's Guide, Abraham Lincoln portrait gallery, and the music album with 24 titles, which contains over one hour of music written and heard during Abraham Lincoln's lifetime. Also a video program with performance of several rare Stephen Foster hymns.


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Music Lecture



Would you like to schedule an entertaining and enlightening music lecture or workshop for your organization by music historian Roger Lee Hall about Civil War songs and hymns? Included are the story behind the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and several rarely heard Civil War hymns composed by Stephen Foster, plus more music of the Civil War era. Also a display of music materials and a sing-along with the audience.

To schedule a program, write for more details and fee to:

Civil War music lecture or workshop




An interview with composer, John Frizzell
about his film score for GODS AND GENERALS




Related AMP Links


American Music Recordings Collection (AMRC)

"Angel of Peace" - The Boston Peace Jubilees

"Battle Hymn of the Republic and the John Brown Song"

CD: Music in Old Boston

DVD: Lincoln and Liberty - Music of Abraham Lincoln's Era

DVD: Singing New Englanders - From The Pilgrims to The Shakers

Essential American Recordings Survey (EARS)

Society for Earlier American Music (SEAM)

Stoughton Music Heritage Series

"Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground"

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" - A Civil War Song Marches On


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