1862 - Corporal Hill - Lizzie Floeck

Songs were a major part of the Union soldiers lives as soldiers. Music was used to pass time at camp. Soldiers would bring musical instruments and sing to songs. Singing and music were ways for the soldiers to express their emotions and tell about their experiences. Song would encourage them to keep going and it would boost their courage for the battles they were preparing to fight. 







 When Johnny Comes Marching Home credited to 
 the Union Army bandmaster, Patrick S. Gilmore

When Johnny comes marching home again, 
Hurrah! Hurrah! 
We'll give him a hearty welcome then 
Hurrah! Hurrah! 
The men will cheer and the boys will shout 
The ladies they will all turn out 
And we'll all feel gay, 
When Johnny comes marching home. 

The old church bell will peal with joy 
Hurrah! Hurrah! 
To welcome home our darling boy 
Hurrah! Hurrah! 
The village lads and lassies say 
With roses they will strew the way, 
And we'll all feel gay 
When Johnny comes marching home. 

Get ready for the Jubilee, 
Hurrah! Hurrah! 
We'll give the hero three times three, 
Hurrah! Hurrah! 
The laurel wreath is ready now 
To place upon his loyal brow 
And we'll all feel gay 
When Johnny comes marching home.


This song expressed peoples feelings of longing to come home to their friends and family in battle.


"Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!"
written by George F Root

In the prison cell I sit,Thinking Mother dear, of you,
And our bright and happy home so far away,
And the tears they fill my eyes
Spite of all that I can do,
Tho' I try to cheer my comrades and be gay.

Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching,
Cheer up comrades they will come,
And beneath the starry flag
We shall breathe the air again,
Of the freehand in our own beloved home.[



This song was written to bring hope to Union prisoners of war, it is written from a prisoners point of view.


Marching Through Georgia by Henry Clay Work


 Bring the good old bugle, boys, we'll sing another song 
Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along
Sing it as we used to sing it, 50,000 strong
While we were marching through Georgia.


Hurrah! Hurrah! we bring the jubilee!
Hurrah! Hurrah! the flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea
While we were marching through Georgia.


How the darkeys shouted when they heard the joyful sound
How the turkeys gobbled which our commissary found
How the sweet potatoes even started from the ground
While we were marching through Georgia.


Yes and there were Union men who wept with joyful tears,
When they saw the honored flag they had not seen for years;
Hardly could they be restrained from breaking forth in cheers,
While we were marching through Georgia.


"Sherman's dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast!"
So the saucy rebels said and 'twas a handsome boast
Had they not forgot, alas! to reckon with the Host
While we were marching through Georgia.


So we made a thoroughfare for freedom and her train,
Sixty miles in latitude, three hundred to the main;
Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain
While we were marching through Georgia.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXmuvLU8LQ

This song is from the point of a Union soldier going through Georgia freeing the slaves. This song was especially popular with the Union veterans after the war.






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