View Full Version : songs from the Civil War era
10-06-2006, 12:30 PM
Yes, I'm going for the title of most annoying newbie... ;)
I don't know about all reenactments, but many of the ones that I attend have a church service on Sunday morning. I haven't been to one yet (I usually leave on Saturday evening so that I can be at my own church on Sunday morning for choir and doing my visitor coordinator job), but I will be attending the one at Bowen's Mill next weekend. At choir rehearsal last night I started thinking about music, especially hymns, that would have been... "popular" is not exactly the word I want to use, but it's close... during the Civil War. I'm going to do some poking around on the internet at some point, and the 1st Michigan has a member that does a Chaplain impression, but I'm just wondering if anyone here has researched the subject at all.
10-06-2006, 12:34 PM
10-06-2006, 01:40 PM
I am not sure what denomination you are looking for. Most mainstream church services seem to be generic. Try looking at these for a start:
10-06-2006, 06:50 PM
I don't seem to be able to search by date, but you can search by title and check out the history of the ones you know and love!
Gwen In LA
10-06-2006, 08:15 PM
I've been searching for songs that my great grandparents may have been singing in church:
Oh How I love Jesus, written 1855...still common in many churches.
Gwen in l.a.
10-06-2006, 08:37 PM
And, take a look at the hymnal in the pew--many will include original inclusion dates, author's name, etc. Some denominations have entire books on the history of their hymnody.
YES--there's interest in period religious music. I adore a good hymn!
10-08-2006, 12:42 PM
All good sources here. I'll second what Elizabeth has advised about looking in the hymnal at your church. In specific, I'd recommend looking at the current United Methodist Hymnal. My mother was involved with the committee that produced that hymnal about 15 years ago and I know that the dates for both the music AND the words (not always the same-be careful there) are in where ever possible.
A thought when following this line of research. Be careful when grabbing hymns written very near the date of the Civil War. It might be that the song was written in the late 1850s or early 1860's but that doesn't mean it is common across churches in the nation. Some of the other sources listed here will help you with that.
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