Songs of the Civil War

Detail of sheet music showing General McClellan
J.H. Rufford, "Major General McClellan's Grand March" (detail), published by Oliver Ditson, Boston, 1861. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection AS 2018.136.

Through December 22, 2019

During the American Civil War, music had the power to inspire patriotism and service, and to capture loss on the battlefield. This exhibition showcases historical sheet music that provided the soundtrack to a nation divided by war. Organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.  

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