BMI Archives Confederate Music Collection, 1860-1868
Broadcast Music, Inc
Cramer, Edward M
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
1 cu. ft. : 1 box
Songs and music
Music and war
Confederate States of America
Civil War, 1861-1865
During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the South used music as propaganda and inspiration to both the Confederate forces and the civilian population. After the war the music conjured up memories of the "Lost Cause" and those unfortunate soldiers who did not return home. Subject matter for songs was wide-ranging and drew from both domestic and military themes. Even though cut off from the music publishing houses of the northern states, the South was very active in publishing music within the boundaries of the Confederacy. Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee were reported to be the most active publishing centers, with the cities of Augusta, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Mobile, Alabama also publishing sheet music. Much of this music was published on inferior grades of paper, and even though the cover engraving tended to be excellent at the beginning of the war, by war's end the covers were fairly plain and devoid of color or elaborate decoration.
83 pieces of published sheet music relating to the Confederate States of America, mostly published during the Civil War, and three Ku Klux Klan compositions. Also included are one Confederate bond and early twentieth century facsimiles of Confederate broadsides.
BMI Archives Confederate Music Collection, 1860-1868, Archives Center, National Museum of American History