Civil War Era Music

Music played an important role in the Civil War. Soldiers sang songs while on the march and in camp. What follows is a small same of Civil War era music.

Historical Note

OUTSIDE SHILOH 1862...

"March 29 - A good day for spring fever and it took hold of a good many. Have been busy all day preparing to leave for the south. This eve the 15th Mich came in tired, dirty and used up. The regt. Numbers about 900 and are armed with Austrian muskets, a very clumsy looking gun."

From The Civil War Diary of Cyrus F. Boyd, Fifteenth Iowa Infantry, 1861-1863

 

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