Musical Artifacts of The Civil War

Musical Artifacts of The Civil War

We explore what we can learn about the Civil War from the melodies it left behind.

They're musical artifacts that provide a window into the culture of the Civil War era. The Smithsonian recently released two albums of Civil War music to commemorate its 150th anniversary, including a collection of naval music. We explore what we can learn about the war from the melodies it left behind.

Guests

Patrick Warfield

Professor, The University of Maryland; Author, Liner Notes, "A Treasury of Civil War Songs"

Dan Milner

Professor, New York University; Musician, "Civil War Naval Songs"

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