Early 20th Century Recordings

Although no mechanical recording devices existed during the Civil War, UCSB’s Edison wax cylinder collection provides a great many early recordings from the 1890s and 1900s, which is as close as recorded music gets to the 1860s.   Some of these recordings actually feature Civil War veterans, and provide us with a sense of how these songs may have sounded when played during the war, a few dozen years before:

Edison Cylinders of Civil War Music:

Songs of Stephen Foster:

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