The 1860's was one of the most musical decades in American history, and in no other war than the Civil War did music play such an important role among the soldiers. Robert E. Lee wrote in 1864, "I don't believe we can have an army without music."
The information in this section will bring you closer to the people of the Civil War as you explore the thoughts and emotions of the soldiers and the people who waited for their return. In addition to listening to selected samples you can discover the background of each song, read along with the lyrics, and order CD's by Douglas Jimerson --recognized as one of the leading authorities on the evolution of American vocal music.
3 million fought - 600,000 died.
It was the only war fought on American soil by Americans, and for that reason we have always been fascinated with The Civil War.
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