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CLUE AMERICAS DEADLIEST SONGS AN EXPLORATION OF MUSIC FROM THE CIVIL WAR The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Dixie are the two main answers people give when asked what songs they most relate to the civil war The Clue actually showed many others relating to the civil war the insight their words give and even variations of the Battle Hymn of the republic One song for example The Battle Cry of Freedom kept talking about the Union soldiers rallying around the flag This was indicative of the northerners in America that felt slavery was completely opposite the principles on which this country was built It showed their unison to fight the Confederates and for what they stood It shows how the northerners felt they were on a freedom call and were very zealous about what they had to do Basically the Union soldiers saw themselves as freedom fighters People were also in love with their state and for what their state stood Another song Maryland My Maryland was simply about the love that the songwriter had for his state He discusses the bloodshed in his state and the problems his state faced briefly It was a way he got out his feeling for the whole situation As Americans studying the Civil War several years later we can listen to the songs and infer the attitudes and thoughts of people Now the thoughts of people were obviously fearful ones After all the Civil War was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought Anyone could be killed at anytime Once again music contemporaneous to the Civil War shows us the fear instilled in people and their readiness to die for their cause A song named Just Before the Battle Mother shows us this fear It parallels the feelings and thoughts that any person would think or feel before they go into war today Just before the battle Mother I am thinking most of you While
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