Songs of Glory, Songs of Sorrow

The Civil War in Music

July 1, 2008October 1, 2008

Location: Rare Book Room Hall Cases

Sponsor: Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Artist: Various

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 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.

The online exhibit is no longer available, but an archived version can be viewed at the Internet Archive.