Civil War Music

“Both North and South used music extensively during the Civil War to rally troops, as recreation, to march by, and many other reasons. Frequently both sides would borrow each other’s tunes or lyrics. It was not uncommon for each side to serenade the other, or for battle to stop while an impromptu concert was held.” (via

For teachers, Civil War enthusiasts, or just interested persons, we have gathered a collection of songs from the American Civil War.

No. Dolly Parton did not actually take part in the Civil War but, she did sing “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, a very important song from the era.

The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” performed by the US Army’s Men’s Chorus.


For a timeline of the Civil War, visit

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