The American Civil War – like most wars – was popularized and memorialized in song. Some are light melodies and some are more somber reminders of the horrors of the Civil War battles.

In no particular order, here are 20 of the most popular songs about the Civil War regiments, life, battles and memorials.

  1. Dixie
  2. Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone
  3. Beautiful Dreamer
  4. We Are Coming Father Abraham, 300,000 More
  5. The Battle Cry of Freedom
  6. Marching Through Georgia
  7. When Johnnie Comes Marching Home
  8. Battle Hymm of the Republic
  9. Maryland, My Maryland
  10. Drafted Into The Army
  11. All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight
  12. Come Home father
  13. Ellie Rhee
  14. Old Black Joe
  15. The Vacant Chair
  16. Tis But A Little Faded Flower
  17. The Bonnie Blue Flag
  18. Sherman’s March to the Sea
  19. John Brown’s Body
  20. Tenting On The Old Camp Ground

Many of these songs can be found in the Library of Congress Historic American Sheet Music collection.

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