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Music, Songs - American Civil War

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Abraham Lincoln in Song - Song Collection inspired by Lincoln
Just in time for Presidents Day comes a new album saluting Abe Lincoln. Chris Vallillo's "Abraham Lincoln in Song" is a collection of largely Civil War-era songs, like "Dixie" and "Battle Cry of Freedom." "Lovers of acoustic music, history buffs and especially the educational audience," will enjoy the album, he said. History professor Mark Summers said the project can educate as well as entertain: "Music shows you a good slice of the time period, tells you about sentimentality and the emotions at the time. I'd like to have it for my classes."

Civil War era, captured by pianist's pen
Louis Moreau Gottschalk had something resembling rock-star status in 19th-century America, but the pianist-composer's most important contribution might be his tumultuous, trenchant, Zelig-like diary. Spanning 11 years, 1857-1868 (much of it spent touring the backwaters of North and South America), Gottschalk observed the Civil War era from the standpoint of someone who knew heads of state while also playing to mass audiences personally affected by war and revolution. His perspective is singularly significant.

Music from Civil War era - 5th Michigan Regiment Band
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band will perform music from the Civil War era at a special concert. The band once was known as the 5th Michigan Infantry Band and is a successor to the original band, which existed in the 1860s. It was revived in 1973. Regimental bands were popular from April 1861, to August 1862. But the government started to have financial troubles and couldn't pay bandsmen for volunteer regiments. In July, 1862, bandsmen were mustered out of the service. If they had been recruited from infantry companies, they returned to their units. Otherwise, they were discharged or transferred to brigade bands.

North and South had songs of pride, sorrow
Fort Sumter had just fallen when J. Harry Hayward and Thomas D. Sullivan came out with "The Flag of Fort Sumter," while Anna Bache and C. Munzinger gave a Northern public "The Hero of Fort Sumter," honoring commander of the doomed fort. Neither song sold well; nor did the George Frederick Root's "The First Gun is Fired! May God Protect the Right," but Root would soon become one of the most famous of the Union's songwriters. Concern was expressed in "May God Save the Union," by the Rev. G. Douglass Brewerton. Southern songwriters responded. Earnest Halphin wrote "God Save the South."

Authentic Civil War music takes stage
The music of the American Civil War will be showcased at Summer Music Festival concert. The Americus Brass Band, which performs historic music played by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, will perform at 8:15 p.m. July 7. The band was formed in 1976 by a group of music students with an interest in Civil War music and re-enactments. Over time, the group has acquired a variety of authentic instruments and clothing, as well as a large library of original music. Songs popular during the Civil War era include "Amazing Grace," "Listen to the Mockingbird," and "Home, Sweet Home." Brass bands were one of the most popular forms of entertainment during the era.

Civil War Gen. Butterfield made the revision that created taps
During America's Civil War Union General Daniel Adams Butterfield made the revision that gave us present-day taps. Up to that time, the U.S. Army's infantry call to end the day was the French final call, "L'Extinction des feux." In July 1862, he recalled the tattoo music and hummed a version of it to an aide, who wrote it down in music. Butterfield then asked the brigade bugler Oliver W. Norton to play the notes and, after listening, edited them while keeping the melody. He ordered Norton to play this new call at the end of each day. The music was appreciated by other brigades, who adopted this bugle call. It was even adopted by Confederate buglers.

War musician - Show to feature Civil War tunes
The Civil War will be coming back to Carroll County Friday when dozens of antique instruments and old-fashioned songs will be played to accompany the library`s celebration of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Killer Angels." During the evening, Hutton plans on playing crowd favorites, some little-known tunes, and educating the public about the songs and his antique instruments.