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Rousing Songs & True Tales of the Civil War

by Erbsen, Wayne
Publisher: Native Ground Music
Issue: Spring 2001
ISBN: 1883206332

Wayne Erbsen provides the lyrics and music to 21 Civil War-era songs, including classics such as "Lorena," "Goober Peas," and "Faded Coat of Blue." Erbsen's fluid anecdotal style relates, for example, that "John Brown's Body" was first set to the melody of a Methodist hymn, and Julia Ward Howe later used that same melody for "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

review of Rousing Songs & True Tales of the Civil War, by Erbsen, Wayne, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2001).