Unit 4: Civil War & Reconstruction, 1860-1876

United/Divided | War & Peace | Work | Home | Faith & Ideals


“No More Auction Block for Me (Many Thousand Gone)”

Traditional, first published 1869
African American protest song


“In Dixie’s Land”

Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1859
Minstrel song that became the anthem of the South


“John Brown’s Body”

Anonymous, melody, “Say Brothers Will You Meet Us?”, 1860
Popular Union marching song and rallying cry lamenting the death of John Brown


“I’m a Good Old Rebel”

Major James Innes Randolph
A bitter lament over the fall of the Confederacy, first published in 1914


War and Peace

“Bonnie Blue Flag”

Words Harry McCarthy; melody, “The Irish Jaunting Car,” 1861
Unofficial Confederate anthem song celebrating the Confederate flag


“We’re Coming, Father Abra’am”

Words James Sloan Gibbons, music Stephen Foster, 1862
Written in response to Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more volunteers


“Marching Through Georgia”

Words and music by Henry Clay Work, 1864
Song celebrating Sherman’s devastating march through Georgia

Lyrics | Recording | Recording online


“Just Before the Battle, Mother”

Words Henry Washburn; music George F. Root, 1862
Somber parlor ballad in which a soldier bids his mother farewell

Lyrics | Recording | Recording online

“Goober Peas”

A. Pindar, Esq and P. Nutt, Esq., 1866
Humorous army song lamenting the overabundance of peanuts



“Song of the Southern Volunteers”

Anonymous, 1861
A woman’s perspective on the honor of being a Southern Volunteer

“Vacant Chair”

Words and music by George F. Root, 1862
A song about the loss of war hitting home, written at the time of the first Thanksgiving

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“Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye”

Traditional, first published 1869
A young wife responds to her wounded husband’s return from war

Lyrics | Recording

“When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

Words and music by Patrick S. Gilmore, 1863
Popular song about a soldier’s return after the war

Lyrics | Recording online

Faith and Ideals

“Deep River”

Traditional African American hymn


“Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Words Julia Ward Howe, 1862
Union anthem set to the tune of “John Brown’s Body”

Lyrics|Recording online



More Units:

1. Worlds Meeting

2. New Nation

3. Expansion & Reform

4. Civil War & Reconstruction

5. Development of Industrial


6. Emergence of Modern U.S.

7. Great Depression & WW II

8. Post-War U.S.

9. Contemporary U.S.












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