Lincoln’s Death, New Nation: April 1865 to 1877

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What was the most important of all Civil War songs?

It has to be a tie between “John Brown’s Body” and “Dixie.” Both were fantastic marching songs, and they seemed to echo the different lifestyles of the opponents. “John Brown’s Body” fairly reeks of masculine endeavor, of action, while “Dixie” appeals to a gentler sensibility. This is not to say that the same person cannot enjoy both songs. Far from it. Lincoln, for example, lamented that the South had such a wonderful song in “Dixie” and wanted the North to appropriate at least some of it.


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