Sunday morning music

Since the violence in Virginia yesterday may suggest to some that we have another civil war brewing, I thought it might be appropriate to play some songs of the original American Civil War, or inspired by it.  I’m sure they’ll be familiar to my readers.

Let’s start with a folk song that was written long before the Civil War, but became popular with both sides, and was also widely sung as a sea shanty.  It’s ‘Oh Shenandoah‘, performed here by Chanticleer.

Next, a song popular in the South, celebrating General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.  It’s ‘Stonewall Jackson’s Way‘.

Crossing the line to the Union side of the war, here’s a medley from the Merrill Staton Choir combining ‘All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight‘ with ‘Just Before The Battle, Mother‘.

Tenting Tonight‘ was popular with Union Army troops, but ‘crossed the line’ to be sung in the South as well (not surprising, since its words are non-sectarian).

Finally, here’s one that many people mistakenly think is a Civil War-era ballad, but was actually written after World War II by Irving Gordon.  Nevertheless, it fits the Civil War so well that it’s frequently used as incidental music for re-enactments, film and TV productions, etc.  It’s ‘Two Brothers’.  My favorite performance is by the Johnny Mann Singers, but that doesn’t seem to be available online;  so here’s a 1967 rendition by Dusty Springfield.

Let’s hope we don’t sink any deeper into the current morass of political, social, cultural and sectarian division, to produce another crop of songs about a new civil war.



  1. With the way they are deleting Southern Heritage and all things connected to the Civil War, I am surprised you were able to find anything relating to the Civil War general.

    Thank you for sharing these.

  2. The first Civil War wasn't a civil war. The south could not have cared less who ruled in DC, as long as the south was left alone to pursue their own interests. Lincoln, however, could only do what his handlers demanded and conquer their economic colony.

    Lincoln began the destruction of the US, and modern leftists are looking to finish what he started.

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