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Unknown [Civil War Songbook]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00968 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 24 November 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Contains lyrics to several martial, sentimental, religious and romantic songs. Titles include "John Brown Song" (usually called "John Brown's Body") \93Sung by Fletcher Webster\92s Regiment in Boston [sic],\94 \93Traitor, Spare That Flag,\94 \93Oh, For a Home Amid the Hills,\94 \93Jane Feeding the Poor Robin,\94 \93Glory for the North (usually called 'Glory Hallelujah'')," "Bonny Eloise,\94 and \93Some Twenty Years Ago.\94 The songs are illustrated with hand-drawn watercolors, including a woman (possibly Lady Liberty) holding a lamp and a patriotic shield, a man holding a rifle, a landscape with Indians hunting deer, a depiction of a bearded man - evidently Abraham Lincoln - seated at a desk, a woman looking out the window at a robin, a Zouave soldier holding a sword and a flag, a bluebird, and a landscape. Crude bindings still visible.

People: Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Military History, Civil War, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Poetry, John Brown, Union Forces, Treason, American Flag, Women's History, American Indian History, President

Sub Era: The American Civil War