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last updated 2023

Lorena (by John Hartford)

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal." Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here. It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

listen to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address(YouTube)

Ken Burns Civil War theme song Ashokan's Farewell (by Jay Ungar)

Union Songs Sheet Music

Lorena, by John Schreiner (1857)

Gen Halleck's Grand March, by Septimus Winner

John Brown's Body, by Simonds

Grafted into the Army, by Baumbach

All quiet along the Potomac, by Dayton

US Grant is the Man, by JC Johnson

Battle of Ft Donelson, by E Grundy

Angel Mother. I'm coming home, by Lessur

One more gallant charge boys, by van Akin

Soldier's bride, by Hastings

Stand by the union, by White

Tenting on the old camp ground, by Kittredge

Last days of shoddy, by Warden

Weeping sad and lonely, by Tucker

'Weeping Sad and Lonely', by the 97 Regimental String Band (YouTube)

Tramp Tramp Tramp, by Geo Root

Sherman's march to the sea, by Ascher

Marching through Georgia, by HC Work

When Johnny comes home, by Lambert

Dixie for the Union

America My Country t'is of thee

Glory Hallelujah

Civil War Songbook

Large collection of civil war music on archive.org

More civil war music here

And here

Confederate Sheet music

Lorena, by John Schreiner (1857)

listen to 'Lorena (Forget me never)' by John Hartford (YouTube)

Beauregard's Quick Step, by Rosenberger

Bonnie blue flag

listen to 'the Bonnie Blue Flag' (YouTube)

Dixieland, by Emmett

Battle Cry of Freedom, by Schreiner

Gen Lee's Grand March, by Schreiner

The sword of Robert Lee, by Blackmar

Stonewall Jackson Grand March, by Viereck

Stonewall Jackson's way

listen to 'Stonewall Jackson's Way' by B Horton (YouTube)

Carry me back to Old Virginny, by Bland

Southern soldier boy, by GW ALexander

Who will care for Mother now, by Thompson

When upon the field of glory, by Schreiner


Old Kentucky Home, by Foster

Old folks at home, by Foster

When this cruel war is over, by Tucker

'When this cruel war is over', by the 97 Regimental String Band (YouTube)

A nation's orphans, by Anton

Ellie Rhee, by Septimus Winner

Songs of the Civil War index

Civil War sheet music on Archive.org

More civil war music heren (Loc.gov)

And here (Duke)

And a good mix here (Connecticut College)

History of Appalachian music

History of Appalachian People in US Part 1

History of Appalachian People in US Part 2

History of Appalachian People in US Part 3

Civil War Poem

Poem by Daisy Turner, Storyteller and Poet,

as recited, aged 104, in Ken Burns' 'Civil War'

Dear Madam,

I am a soldier, and my speech is rough and plain.

I'm not much used to writing, and I hate to give you pain,

But I promised I would do it, and he thought it might be so

If it came from one that loved him, perhaps it would ease the blow.

By this time, you must surely guess the truth I feign would hide,

And you'll pardon me for rough soldier words, while I tell you how he died.

It was in the maw of battle. Fast rained the shot and shell.

I was standing close beside him, and I saw him when he fell.

So I took him in my arms, and laid him on the grass.

It was going against orders, but I think they let it pass.

'Twas a minne ball that struck him. It entered at his side.

But we didn't think it fatal 'til this morning, when he died.

"Last night, I wanted so to live. I seemed so young to go.

Last week I passed my birthday. I was just 19, you know.

When I thought of all I planned to do, it seemed so hard to die.

But now I pray to God for Grace, and all my cares gone by."

And here his voice grew weaker, as he paused and raised his head.

And whispered, "Goodbye, Mother." And your soldier boy was dead.

I carved him out a headboard, as skillful as I could

And if you wish to find it, I can tell you where it stood.

I send you back his hymnbook, the cap he used to wear,

The lock I cut the night before, of his bright, curly hair.

I send you back his bible; The night before he died,

I turned its leaves together, and read it by his side.

I keep the belt he was wearing; He told me so to do.

It has a hole upon the side, just where the ball went through.

So now I've done his bidding. I've nothing more to tell.

But I shall always mourn with you the boy we loved so well.

John Hartford

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