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Magee, James (1802-1878 ) The Rally Cry of Freedom

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08437 Author/Creator: Magee, James (1802-1878 ) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Sheet music Date: 1864 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.3 x 12.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Published by James Magee at 316 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Tune based on "Battle Cry of Freedom." Printed in blue and red. Image of pillars and an arch. Two soldiers guard the pillars. Underneath the space of the arch there is a scene of a cavalry charge. At the top of the arch an eagle carries four American flags. First stanza: "Come true loyal hearts, / For the rescue unite, / Shouting the rally cry of freedom; / From the North, East and West, / Come gather in your might, / Shouting the battle cry of freedom."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesMusicPatriotismAmerican Symbols and Seals

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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