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Poems and Songs
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"The poems and songs of the Civil War era are gripping and powerful. From the secession of South Carolina and the opening battle at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination, this wealth of literature records a remarkable period in American history from an urgent, contemporary perspective.
       Moved by the currents of the divergent principles and needs that tore the nation in half, northern and southern authors alike express their horror at the bloodshed and sacrificed lives. in these patriotic and sentimental works, they tell tales of heroes and daring deeds, find solace in memory, and commemorate their dead. Finally, after the bitter end of the war, they assume the burdens of the peace and begin to reconstruct the nation. in the voices of these poets-speaking, writing, singing-lies the full spectrum of the history and emotions of the Civil War."

Lois Hill

        There are many sites on the Internet that have poems and songs of the Civil War, but in order to find all the ones I like I have had to go to several different ones. So I decided to put the ones I like up in hopes there may be some of you folks out there that might enjoy them also.

A Message Written by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward. A dandy! This one will give you something to think about.
Brother Jonathan's Lament For Sister Caroline

Written by Oliver Wendell Holmes. It's about the Secession of South Carolina. 'Course you would never know it by the title.

Civil War Written by Charles Dawson Shanly and is about one of the great tragedies of a Civil War. Now there's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one. Since when is any war civil.
Come Up From The Fields, Father Written by Walt Whitman. Got to be a terrible feeling to receive news such as this about your child.
Little Giffen What courage for one so young.
Stonewall Jackson's Way Written by John Williamson Palmer. Dang good poem, but Bobby Horton put it to music and I kinda like that too. However, I think I will leave it in the poem category.
O Captain! My Captain! Written by Walt Whitman. Shades of my High School days! Still a dang good poem about ole Abe.
The Blue and the Gray A dandy one by Francis Miles Finch. It don't matter which side you were one, dead is dead.


Battle Hymn of the Republic Written by Julia Ward Howe. This one never fails to stir my emotions no matter how many times I hear it.
Bonnie Blue Flag

No Civil War Poems and Song site would be complete without this one. My personal favorite.

Dixie Now what kind of webmaster would I be if I didn't put this beauty on my website!
Lorena If this one don't pull your heart strings nothing will. Caused many a good soldier from both sides to desert during the late Rebellion.
O' I'm a Good Old Rebel This one sure expressed the feelings of many a Reb after the war. You reenactors can't sing this one around your campfires. 'Cause if ya do, you gonna be "wrong as snow in July," it's post war!
Yellow Rose of Texas Great marching song. At least the Rebs thought so.

        This Page last updated 02/16/02


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