mnkerr — 6 de Fevereiro de 2009 — Songs and images of the American Civil War.
Nemesis3300 — 9 de Maio de 2008 — Collection of photographs and pictures of the Civil War era set to the songs Dixie, Bonnie Blue Flag, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Enjoy!.
The Confederate Soldier ~ song "Johnny Reb"
mrtibbs6912 — 6 de Novembro de 2007 — The Confederate Soldier. The song "Johnny Reb" is sung by Johnny Horton..
I Am A Rebel Soldier
rexlibris99 — 4 de Fevereiro de 2008 — This Confederate song is one of the more mournful tunes of the War..
CONFEDERATE SONG ~ IRISH SOLDIERS
AmericanZeus — 20 de Novembro de 2008 — LYRICS of "Irish-American soldiers of Civil War" Song:
Oh, not now for songs of a nation's wrongs,
not the groans of starving labor;
Let the rifle ring and the bullet sing
to the clash of the flashing sabre!
There are Irish ranks on the tented banks
of Columbia's guarded ocean;
And an iron clank from flank to flank
tells of armed men in motion.
And frank souls there clear true and bare
To all, as the steel beside them,
Can love or hate withe the strength of fate,
Till the grave of the valiant hide them.
Each seems to be mailed Ard Righ,
whose sword's avenging glory
Must light the fight and smite for right,
Like Brian's in olden story.
With pale affright and panic flight
Shall dastard Yankees base and hollow,
Hear a Celtic race, from their battle place,
Charge to the shout of "Faugh-a-ballaugh!"
By the sould above, by the land we love
Her tears bleeding patience
The sledge is wrought that shall smash to naught
The brazen liar of nations.
The Irish green shall again be seen
as our Irish fathers bore it,
A burning wind from the South behind,
and the Yankee rout before it!
O'Neil's red hand shall purge the land-
Rain a fire on men and cattle,
Till the Lincoln snakes in their own cold lakes
Plunge from the blaze of battle.
The knaves that rest on Columbia's breast,
and the voice of true men stifle;
we'll exorcise from the rescued prize-
Our talisman, the rifle;
For a tyrant's life a bowie knife!-
Of Union knot dissolvers,
The best we ken are stalwart men,
Columbiads and revolvers!
Whoe'er shall march by triumphal arch
Whoe'er may swell the slaughter,
Our drums shall roll from the Capitol
O'er Potomac's fateful water!
Rise, bleeding ghosts, to the Lord of Hosts
For judgement final and solemn;
Your fanatic horde to the edge of the sword
Is doomed line, square, and column!
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Music By: David Kincaid
P.S: "Faugh-a-ballaugh" is Gaelic for "Clear the way". It was the battle cry of Irish-American soldiers of the civil war..
'LORENA ' - Ladies & Love Songs of the Civil War-Tom Roush
MusicOfTomRoush — 28 de Julho de 2009 — I'm playing my own contemporary arrangement of one of the most popular love songs during the American Civil War. The presentation includes photos of ladies from the years 1860-1865. Due to the song's length, I chose not to include two of the original six verses..
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Lorena" is an antebellum song with Northern origins. Written in 1856 by Rev. Henry D. L. Webster, after a broken engagement to his sweetheart. He wrote a long poem about his fiancée but changed her name to "Lorena," an adaptation of "Lenore" from Edgar Allan Poe's macabre poem, "The Raven." Webster's friend, Joseph Philbrick Webster, wrote the music, and the song was first published in Chicago in 1857. It became a favorite of soldiers of both sides during the American Civil War.
During the American Civil War, soldiers on both sides of the conflict thought of their wives and girlfriends back home when they heard the song "Lorena." One Confederate officer even attributed the South's defeat to the song. He reasoned that upon hearing the mournful ballad the soldiers grew so homesick that they lost their effectiveness as a fighting force.
Lorena was based on the composer's love for a Zanesville, Ohio girl named Ella Blocksom (who later went on to marry William Wartenbee Johnson, Ohio Supreme Court justice from 1879-1886).
Miss Blocksom's parents being deceased, she lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blandy. The family attended the Universalist Church in Zanesville where the Rev. Henry DeLafayette Webster was the minister. Miss Blocksom caught the eye of the young preacher and his feelings became more than just pastoral. Henry Blandy and his brother Fred were co-owners of the Blandy foundry in Zanesville. As a wealthy and prominent member of the community he could not see his sister-in-law becoming romantically attached to a poor preacher and so stepped in to put an end to the relationship. Miss Blocksom told Webster that they must part and gave him a letter containing the line "If we try, we may forget," which found its way into the song. The brokenhearted Mr. Webster resigned his pastorate and left Zanesville. In 1856, Webster met Joseph P. Webster, the composer of "In the Sweet By and By." J. P. Webster was looking for lyrics to a song he was writing and Henry Webster responded by writing a ballad about his lost love, changing her name from Ella to Bertha. The composer required a three-syllable name and Henry Webster changed the name again, this time to Lorena. The song was published in 1858 by Higgins Brothers of Chicago and soon the opening words, "The years creep slowly by, Lorena, The snow is on the grass again; The sun's low down the sky, Lorena, The frost gleams where the flowers have been," were known across America.
Ella Blocksom is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, Ohio.
- The American Bicentennial Songbook, Vol. 1 (1770-1870s) William A. Ward,, New York, NY, 1975, p. 202.
- Zanesville Times Recorder, May 12, 2007, Zanesville , Ohio. Copyright ©2007 Times Recorder. All rights reserved.
- The years creep slowly by, Lorena,
- The snow is on the grass again.
- The sun's low down the sky, Lorena,
- The frost gleams where the flow'rs have been.
- But the heart throbs on as warmly now,
- As when the summer days were nigh.
- Oh, the sun can never dip so low
- A-down affection's cloudless sky.
- A hundred months have passed, Lorena,
- Since last I held that hand in mine,
- And felt the pulse beat fast, Lorena,
- Though mine beat faster far than thine.
- A hundred months, 'twas flowery May,
- When up the hilly slope we climbed,
- To watch the dying of the day,
- And hear the distant church bells chime.
- We loved each other then, Lorena,
- More than we ever dared to tell;
- And what we might have been, Lorena,
- Had but our lovings prospered well --
- But then, 'tis past, the years are gone,
- I'll not call up their shadowy forms;
- I'll say to them, "Lost years, sleep on!
- Sleep on! nor heed life's pelting storms."
- The story of that past, Lorena,
- Alas! I care not to repeat,
- The hopes that could not last, Lorena,
- They lived, but only lived to cheat.
- I would not cause e'en one regret
- To rankle in your bosom now;
- For "if we try we may forget,"
- Were words of thine long years ago.
- Yes, these were words of thine, Lorena,
- They burn within my memory yet;
- They touched some tender chords, Lorena,
- Which thrill and tremble with regret.
- 'Twas not thy woman's heart that spoke;
- Thy heart was always true to me:
- A duty, stern and pressing, broke
- The tie which linked my soul with thee.
- It matters little now, Lorena,
- The past is in the eternal past;
- Our heads will soon lie low, Lorena,
- Life's tide is ebbing out so fast.
- There is a Future! O, thank God!
- Of life this is so small a part!
- 'Tis dust to dust beneath the sod;
- But there, up there, 'tis heart to heart.
Use in John Ford Films
The melody of "Lorena" was used by composer Max Steiner to represent homecoming in various scenes in the 1956 John Ford western The Searchers.
In 1959, composer David Buttolph used the melody to represent bittersweet parting at the end of another John Ford western, The Horse Soldiers.
In "Gone with the Wind"
The name Lorena is used as the second name in a double name for the character Ella Lorena Kennedy, Scarlett O'Hara's second daughter, the father being Scarlett's second husband, Frank Kennedy, in the epic novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. The character was omitted from the film version of the book though.