John C. Beattie family correspondence  1862-1869 (bulk 1862-1866)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The J. F. Rose collection contains lyrics for 3 undated patriotic and religious songs, as well as an early 20th century essay about popular music during the Civil War.

The 3 manuscript songs are as follows:

  • "Along the Rio Grande," supporting the American cause during the Mexican-American War, with pencil annotations (2 pages)
  • "Lost, O Forever Lost. The awakened Sinner," reflecting on salvation and the death of Jesus Christ (2 pages)
  • "A Toast to Our Flag," a celebration of the American flag (2 pages)

The essay and its typescript are similar drafts of Rose's "Songs of the Civil War"; the manuscript version (36 pages) is an annotated draft, with portions absent from the typed copy (10 pages). The essay, written around 45 years after the war's conclusion, briefly traces the history of popular patriotic music in Europe and in the United States before discussing the Civil War-era's most popular tunes. Rose examined songs from the Union and Confederacy, citing many of the war's influential songs, such as "Maryland, My Maryland" and "John Brown's Body Lies Mouldering in the Grave." He analyzed several songs within the context of the wartime events that inspired them, including the story of the writing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Julia Ward Howe. The typed copy of the essay ends abruptly, and is followed by the text of "Along the Rio Grande."

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