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232 The National Music of America.
the praises of both branches of the ser­vice, and is eminently fitted for occa­sions where both are celebrating martial events.
Naturally the Civil War in America brought forth some additions to the reper­toire of sea-songs. There was heroism enough displayed on both sides, in naval encounters, but as the South possessed but few vessels and scarcely any facilities for equipping a navy, the preponderance of naval history belongs to the Union side. The songs in this field crystallise around the names of Farragut and Winslow on the one side, and Semmes on the other.
We present herewith a specimen of the naval songs of the South. Its full title reads "The Alabama. Respectfully dedi­cated to the gallant Captain Semmes, his officers and Crew, and to the officers and seamen of the C. S. Navy, by E. King, author of the Naval Songs of the South."
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