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The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music.

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Songs of the Civil War — Additions to " The Star-spangled Banner " — The Confederate Flag — " Dixie," and Its Northern Origin — Plagiarisms of War Music — War-song Composers of the North — Prize Offered for a National Hymn — " John Brown's Body " — Julia Ward Howe's Verses — Power of Home-music during the War — Prohibition of Tunes.
At the beginning of the Civil War, before the song-writers of the North had given many popular songs to the people, "The Star-spangled Banner" was sung with more than ordinary pertinacity and fervour; but it was soon discovered that there was no refer­ence made in that song to any emergency like that which arose in 1861. Many were the efforts to remedy this omission, the best of them being the stanza printed in the Boston Transcript, and written by Oliver Wendell Holmes. The added stanza ran as follows :
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