Music: War Songs

What men sing as they march forth to war is a continual vexation to serious musicians. In the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson's "foot cavalry" were fond of a song praising goober peas ("Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!"); while the inconsequential battle hymn of the South became:

But when he put his arm around 'er He smiled as fierce as a forty-pounder. Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

And the North's song, Grafted Into the Army—written by Henry C. Work—was at least as popular as the Battle Hymn of the...

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