I checked out Amazon’s new mp3 downlaod deal and found a collection of CW songs that I used to have but lost ages ago.
Listening to them, it strikes me how many of them are really anti-war: Somebody’s Darling, The Vacant Chair, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle, Mother, &c. were all sung by both sides. Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel, which mocked Lincoln’s trying one general after another to take the rebel capital was, of course a Yankee tune.
In the absence of radio, television and the internet sheet music was sold widely so songs did catch on nationally.
I wonder if the authorities worried about the effects of such lyrics on the war effort?
Also, no matter how biased we think the MSM is nowadays, newspapers back then were far more vicious, attacking Lincoln, senators, generals, &c. in terms that not even the Nat’l Enquirer would print today – and Jeff Davis wasn’t treated any better by the southern press.