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Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music, and Community during Winter Quarters, Virginia

Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music, and Community during Winter Quarters, Virginia

by James A. Davis
Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music, and Community during Winter Quarters, Virginia

Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music, and Community during Winter Quarters, Virginia

by James A. Davis

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Overview

In December 1863, Civil War soldiers took refuge from the dismal conditions of war and weather. They made their winter quarters in the Piedmont region of central Virginia: the Union’s Army of the Potomac in Culpeper County and the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia in neighboring Orange County. For the next six months the opposing soldiers eyed each other warily across the Rapidan River.

In Music Along the Rapidan James A. Davis examines the role of music in defining the social communities that emerged during this winter encampment. Music was an essential part of each soldier’s personal identity, and Davis considers how music became a means of controlling the acoustic and social cacophony of war that surrounded every soldier nearby.

Music also became a touchstone for colliding communities during the encampment—the communities of enlisted men and officers or Northerners and Southerners on the one hand and the shared communities occupied by both soldier and civilian on the other. The music enabled them to define their relationships and their environment, emotionally, socially, and audibly.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803262775
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

James A. Davis is a professor of musicology at the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is the author of Bully for the Band! The Civil War Letters and Diary of Four Brothers in the 10th Vermont Infantry Band and his articles have been published in numerous journals including Journal of Military History, American Music, and Nineteenth Century Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Civil War Music and Community 1

1 Winter Quarters in Virginia, 1863-1864 23

2 Music and the Community of Soldiers 43

3 Music and the Military Community 74

4 Military Balls and the Officers' Community 109

5 Soldiers, Music, and the Civilian Community 142

6 Music and the Religious Community 187

7 Brass Bands and the Intersection of Musical Communities 211

Conclusion: The Impact of Winter Quarters 235

Notes 253

Bibliography 301

Index 337

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