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"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's deft and entertaining use of anecdotal material to support his arguments will appeal to a wide audience."
"An extensive, descriptive account of music during the American Civil War."
-Journal of American History
"Battles Hymns convincingly combines historical and musicological perspectives by illustrating the mutual enrichment of music and extramusical culture."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Much more than a treat for lovers of good history writing and a fresh look at well-trodden fields, it is also a painful reminder of just how divided a nation we were at birth, and how those divisions live with us still."
-Huffington Post Arts & Culture
"No historian has done more than Christian McWhirter to open our ears to Civil War music as a very powerful expression of political action."
"Recommended. Lower - and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; professionals; general readers."
"A welcome addition to the historiography of the Civil War and the music of the period."
-The Annals of Iowa
"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