During the Civil War, music was everywhere. At public rallies and in family parlors, people heard and sang songs about the conflict. Christian McWhirter, author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War, will give a talk about what music meant for people who were intimately involved in this bloody and violent war. His talk will be accompanied by live performance of period songs, most, but not all of which were recorded as part of the ongoing exhibition, Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North.
Christian McWhirter is assistant editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
Alison Hinderliter, piano; Kathy Cowan, mezzo soprano; Colby Maddox, tenor; Angela Weber, soprano
This lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North.”
Listen to the performance.
“Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North” is co-organized by the Newberry and the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.