Battle Hymn of the Republic

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Written by Julia Ward Howe, the text of America’s most famous Civil War-era song was said to have been penned by Howe in 1861 after hearing soldiers singing during a public review of Union troops. The stirring words, set to the tune of “John Brown’s Body,” were published in the February 1862 edition of The Atlantic Monthly. (Public Domain image.)

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Battle of Opequan – 19 September 1864

Image of the victory of Philip Sheridan’s Union army over Jubal Early’s Confederate forces. Kurz & Allison, circa 1893. Public domain, courtesy of the Library of Congress: LC-DIG-pga-01855 (digital file from original print) LC-USZC4-1753 (color film copy transparency).

Image of the victory of Philip Sheridan’s Union army over Jubal Early’s Confederate forces. Kurz & Allison, circa 1893. Public domain, courtesy of the Library of Congress: LC-DIG-pga-01855 (digital file from original print) LC-USZC4-1753 (color film copy transparency).