Composer George Frederick Root wrote many popular Civil War songs, including The Vacant Chair and Just Before the Battle, Mother. Both of those are sentimental pieces, but Root’s most famous contribution to Civil War music is a more rousing tune, The Battle Cry of Freedom. Root wrote The Battle Cry of Freedom in July of [...]
Probably the most famous poem about Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is “Stonewall Jackson’s Way,” a poem that was set to music. The authorship of the poem is generally attributed to John Williamson Palmer, a doctor and writer who lived from 1825 until 1906.
I recently attended Evansville, Wisconsin’s annual Civil War commemoration event. In addition to reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians of 150 years ago, the event also featured the 1st Brigade Band. The band took part in a parade and an outdoor concert / program. In addition to entertaining at reenactments and commemorative events , the 1st Brigade Band [...]