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256 The National Music of America.
which imprinted it for ever in their mem­ory, on Boston Common, when Col. Fletcher Webster's men marched across it on their way from Fort Warren to the Providence depot, to take cars for New York; he has also the testimony of many who were pres­ent, that when the same regiment marched up Broadway in New York, they halted and sang the "John Brown Song," and it created the wildest enthusiasm among the multi­tude assembled. The Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment sang it into the war.
It underwent another metamorphosis : Edna Dean Proctor set abolition words to the song, in honour of the more cele­brated John Brown. In December, 1861, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, with her noble hus­band, the great Doctor Howe, visited Wash­ington. While there she was witness to a skirmish some miles outside of the city, and, hearing the soldiers singing "John Brown's Body," was much impressed by its
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