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From the Publisher"McWhirter excels at tracing the history and popularity of a variety of songs from the 1860s."
-Journal of Southern History
"A wealth of practical information on who composed what, when, and under what circumstances. [McWhirter's] discovery of minute details concerning the origins of popular Civil War songs constitutes a real contribution to this area of specialization."
-Civil War Book Review
"McWhirter shows the emotional power of music during the Civil War and explores how that power manifested itself throughout and even after the war. With incredibly rich primary sources, innovative scholarship, and effective presentation, this book will make an important contribution to our understanding of the Civil War."—Bruce C. Kelley, University of South Dakota