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Music & Songs of the American Civil War

From the cadences of regimental fife and drum corps and the reveilles of buglers to the to the sentimental songs that soldiers sang, the Civil War has left us a rich musical legacy.

This site contains a selection of fife & drum music, Civil War song lyrics and photographs of Civil War musicians. If you are a teacher, please feel free to use the material on this site in your lesson plans, as it is all in the public domain.

Whether you are a student, teacher, Civil War enthusiast or a re-enactor, you will benefit from the research materials available on this web site.

Cavalry Bugler Sketch

News & Updates (10/16/2017)

  • The most popular Civil War Songs this week are:
  • A complete scanned version Bruce & Emmett's The Drummers' and Fifers' Guide from 1865 is now available online. This historical text includes many cadences and tunes used in the Civil War and afterwards. View images | Download PDF (6.2 MB)
  • A complete scanned version Col. H.C. Hart's Instructor for the Drum from 1862 is now available! Download PDF (7.1 MB)
  • Clips of performances of Civil War-era music added to video page
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