The singing soldier

“On the march, sitting about the campfire, riding trains or transports, at home or on furlough–wherever Yankees assembled–the strains of popular tunes were sure to be heard. More than American fighters of any other period, the men who wore the blue, or the butternut Rebs who opposed them, deserved to be called ‘singing soldiers.'” (Bell Irvin Wiley, The Life of Billy Yank, 1952).

Shown here are a couple of Rhode Island Civil War ballads, and soon an exhibition of a selection from our collection of some 700 Civil War ballads will be put online, curated by Eric Boutin.

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