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The Battle Cry of Freedom!

One of the most famous Civil War songs is The Battle Cry of Freedom, sung by the Union side during the Civil War. Composed in early summer of 1862, this song quickly became the most popular song to sing for the Union soldiers and was used (along with Lincoln and Liberty) as a reelection song for President Lincoln in 1864. The Confederates made their own lyrics to the song, but it did not catch on as handily in the South as it did in the North. One of the reasons this song was so popular was because it came out at an advantageous time, as Lincoln called for more volunteers and General McClellan advanced towards Richmond. It captured the sentiment and passion of the people and the army, and lives on as one of the most enduring and popular songs from the Civil War. Click the link below to listen to it!