Songs of Glory, Songs of Sorrow: The Civil War in Music
The American Civil War remains the most devastating war in United States history, with deaths numbering about 618,000--more than in all the nation's other wars combined, from the Revolutionary War through the Iraq War. This exhibit in the cases outside the Biddle Rare Book Room at Perkins features sheet music and broadside verse expressing the triumphs and tragedies of the war's battles, grieving mothers, soldier boys, flags, military officers, and even humor. Themes specific to the Civil War yet universal to all armed conflicts remind us of the high cost paid when peaceful solutions and diplomacy fail to win the day.
A performance highlighting Civil War music from the holdings of the Special Collections Library will be presented at 4pm on Friday, 12 September, at Perkins Library in the Biddle Rare Book Room.
Hours for the Special Collections galleries: Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm, and 10am-9pm on Sunday.
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