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21 Feb 2015 6:47 p.m. PST
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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 7:25 a.m. PST

This list is by no means comprehensive, but I've tried to include some of the most familiar. Of course, some pre-date the 1860s, but were popular during the time. You are welcome to add your favorite to the list.

a. Aura Lea
b. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
c. Dixie
d. Garry Owen
e. Goober Peas
f. Johnny Is Gone For A Soldier
g. Just Before The Battle, Mother
h. Lorena
i. Marching Through Georgia
j. Maryland, My Maryland
k. My Old Kentucky Home
l. Shenandoah
m. Tenting Tonight On The Old Campground
n. The Battle Cry Of Freedom
o. The Bonnie Blue Flag
p. Tramp!Tramp!Tramp!
q. We Are Coming Father Abraham
r. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

vtsaogames23 Sep 2014 7:50 a.m. PST

Marching through Georgia, Lorena, Johnny comes marching home, all on your list.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 7:55 a.m. PST

I know them all, and more, and have played them during ACW games in the ancient past, and I do indeed have some favorites.

First, if there's Rebs on the table--if not among your gaming mates--you've GOT to be able to play "Dixie"--the faster and louder the performance, the better.

After that, following your lettered list, but not necessarily in this order, I, n, o, and q.

"b" is something for which I hold some reverence (THAT should be our National Anthem, not that lawyer's doggerel composed in bad lighting and set to a tune that only drunks can sing), so I don't see it as mere "color" for a game.

It's good to find another with a more "three dimensional" appreciation for the history and culture of a war game's subject.

Now, ask me about favorite Mexican-American War songs!


Steve Johnson23 Sep 2014 7:59 a.m. PST

One vote here for "Stonewall Jackson's Way".

The More Songs from Gettysburg CD has quite a few sonds from the Civil War, and I have a double CD from the 37th Georgia Regimental Band that has many more songs, arranged in the style of the day and played with instruments from the time.

Princeps23 Sep 2014 8:02 a.m. PST

"I want to break free" by Queen.

Winston Smith23 Sep 2014 8:02 a.m. PST

Battle Cry of Freedom.
"Down with the traitor, up with the star!"

warwell23 Sep 2014 8:13 a.m. PST

The Minstrel Boy

venezia sta affondando23 Sep 2014 8:26 a.m. PST

r. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
l. Shenandoah

Clays Russians23 Sep 2014 8:27 a.m. PST

anything besides "ashtoken farewell",,,, Tennessee Earny Ford did an album of Civil War songs back in the 50's and its wasnt that terrible. wish I could get a sound track of Russian French and British military music for Crimean War battles…. can anyone put one together? Im techno retarded.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 8:41 a.m. PST

The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 9:12 a.m. PST

Jolie Holland's rendering of "Faded Coat of Blue": YouTube link

CorsairFAS21723 Sep 2014 9:13 a.m. PST

I'm a fan of Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel. Battle Cry of Freedom and Dixie rank up top also.

Always loved this verse having grown up in Maryland and spending may days at down in Fredricksburg…

"Last of all the brave Burnside, with his pontoon bridges, tried
A road no one had thought of before him,
With two hundred thousand men for the Rebels' slaughter pen
And the blessed Union banner waving o'er him.
But he met a fire like hell of canister and shell,
The troops were mowed down with great slaughter.
`Twas a dreadful sight to view, that second Waterloo;
Why, the river ran with more blood than water!"

avidgamer23 Sep 2014 9:17 a.m. PST

Hell on the Wabash
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Old Dan Tucker
Frog In The Well
Campbells are Coming
Tenting Tonight On The Old Campground
Richmond is a Hard road to travel
Cumberland crew

… for starters

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 9:37 a.m. PST

b. Battle Hymn Of The Republic.
n. The Battle Cry Of Freedom

Also, "Yankee Bayonet" by the Decemberists
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ironicon23 Sep 2014 9:44 a.m. PST

We used to sing "Old Dan Tucker" while marching, when I was a re-enacter in the Stonewall Brigade.

Clays Russians23 Sep 2014 10:19 a.m. PST

We used to sing swing low sweet chariot before "going in" and marching thru GA. Which really was more of a GAR song

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 10:31 a.m. PST

Hell on the Wabash

Old 1812

The Girl I left Behind


leidang23 Sep 2014 10:42 a.m. PST

Du Hast by Rammstein

tigrifsgt23 Sep 2014 10:48 a.m. PST

Bonnie Blue Flag is my units marching song.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 10:51 a.m. PST

The Mockingbird Quickstep.

Sundance23 Sep 2014 10:57 a.m. PST

All good selections, but I do like The Girl I Left Behind Me and another that I can't remember the name of at the moment. It's the melancholic song from Burns' ACW production.

zippyfusenet23 Sep 2014 11:20 a.m. PST

You mean Ashokan Farewell? A fiddle tune, rather than a song.

Year of Jubilo
Rebel Sojer
Sally Brown

cwbuff23 Sep 2014 11:33 a.m. PST

Sound track to "Gettysburg", any 97th Rgt String Band, and so many others.

Terrement23 Sep 2014 11:33 a.m. PST


MHoxie23 Sep 2014 12:26 p.m. PST

"Beat on the Brat"

GROSSMAN Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 1:10 p.m. PST

C is the only answer… This is a trick question.

Teppsta23 Sep 2014 3:08 p.m. PST

The night they drove old Dixie down

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2014 3:41 p.m. PST

Marching On To Richmond.

Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving WIth A Pict.

War! What Is It God For?

Katzbalger23 Sep 2014 3:55 p.m. PST

Battle Cry of Freedom and Dixie, plus, depending upon what units are present, Gary Owen and Yellow Rose of Texas.

But Battle Hymn of the Republic and When Johnny Comes Marching Home get some play time as well.


Benvartok23 Sep 2014 5:21 p.m. PST

Southern Man – Neil Young

Public Enemy – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

The KKK took my baby away – Ramones

raylev323 Sep 2014 6:17 p.m. PST

AC/DC's "shook me all night long."

Rock and roll is good for any wargame in any era!

doug redshirt23 Sep 2014 7:18 p.m. PST

Wasn't. "When Johnny comes Marching Home " from the Spanish American War?

Never mind found it was published in 1863. Just listened to a recording from the Spanish American war.

goragrad23 Sep 2014 10:01 p.m. PST

'Kathleen Mavourneen' was per Michael Shaara's 'Killer Angels' the favorite song on both sides at the time.

If you are going to have non-battle songs on the list it should be as well.

Would have been nice if the movies had actually included it rather than the rearranged instrumental. Had to go to youtube to see what Shaara was talking about.

artaxerxes24 Sep 2014 1:28 a.m. PST

Not sure of the title, but the chorus is 'three cheers for Jeff Davis and the red, white and red'.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2014 5:42 a.m. PST

Usually have the soundtrack to Gettysburg playing on the Bose while playing.

Old Slow Trot24 Sep 2014 6:44 a.m. PST

While on the march at Sharon Woods Heritage Village last July,the 1st Tennessee led off with ,and the rest of us joined in " Little Liza Jane". Also got some smiles from "The Invalid Corps" and "The Kentucky Battle Song". "Rosin The Beau" gets a vote from me too,as does "De Boatman's Song".

HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2014 10:01 a.m. PST

"Please, Mr. Custer…"

In the face of an ill-considered attack.

GoodOldRebel24 Sep 2014 2:57 p.m. PST

cd soundtracks to Gettysburg and glory

nazrat24 Sep 2014 5:30 p.m. PST


Weasel25 Sep 2014 7:21 a.m. PST

I just listen to random metal but surely the primary choice must be Iced Earth's "Glorious Burden" of course. Especially the second disc with the Gettysburg songs.

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BW195925 Sep 2014 12:18 p.m. PST

The song from Glory when they charge Ft. Wagner.

YouTube link

John Miller25 Sep 2014 12:53 p.m. PST

The Minstrel Boy, (not ACW exactly)
The Bonnie Blue Flag

John Miller

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