The Civil War era, in the words, songs, & poems of the women who lived it…
The Hardtacks present a collection of period songs, tunes, speeches, poetry, prose, and visual arts, examining the diverse roles and achievements of mid-19th century women through the lens of folk music and culture.
- Single set = ~45 minutes
- Battle Hymn of the Republic (Howe, 1861) - Written in November 1861 by abolitionist poet Julia Ward Howe, this song seems to glimpse the fiery trial ahead:
- Picket Guard (Beers & Hewitt, 1861) - "His musket falls slack, his face dark and grim, Grows gentle with memories tender, As he mutters a prayer for the children asleep-- For their mother--may Heaven defend her."
- Vacant Chair (Root & Washburn, 1861) - George Root's setting of Henry S. Washburn's popular poem ...
- Just Before the Battle, Mother (Root, 1863) - "At my request they sat down and sang, and when about half through, as I stepped to the door, a shell exploded within fifty yards..."
- Southern Girl with the Homespun Dress - "Many a woman who never before held a plow, is now seen in the corn-field..."
… MORE TO COME …
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