Battle Hymn of the Republic

This video is a compilation of images from Civil War reenactments. From this video, you can get an idea of the kinds of clothes people wore, the kinds of weapons they used in battle, and you can hear some of the music from the time. The song in this video is The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The tune was written in 1856 by William Steffe. Eventually, the lyrics were changed by Julia Ward Howe in 1861 to be the troops battle song. Widely regarded as the best song of the time, by the people of the time, I thought it was a neat way to put some musical context into the Civil War.

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