Battle hymn of the republic


Battle hymn of the republic

Item Information

Title:
Battle hymn of the republic
Description:
Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic, written as an abolitionist poem, became very popular during the Civil War. After visiting a Union army camp near Washington, DC, in 1861, she was inspired by soldiers singing lyrics to a camp song that originated as a parody of John Brown, a soldier at Boston's Fort Warren and John Brown, the abolitionist. Howe's poem, which easily fit the same tune, was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. Displayed here are the original lyrics that she recopied in 1901. Along with her husband Samuel Gridley Howe, Julia Ward was active in the anti-slavery movement. Together they edited the abolitionist newspaper, The Commonwealth. Her husband was the director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, then located in South Boston.
Creator:
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Name on Item:
Julia Ward Howe
Date:
[1901]
Format:
Documents
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Special Collections, Rare Books
Subjects:
Patriotic music--United States--Texts
National songs--United States--Texts
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs and music--Texts
Hymns
Notes:
Reproduction of a manuscript document by Howe. Original held by Boston Public Library, Rare Books Department.
Holograph, signed.
Dated March 17th, 1901.
Manuscript in ink of the first 5 verses of the song, without chorus, signed by Howe, 1901.
Original: Manuscript in ink in the Boston Public Library, Rare Books Department 1901.
Extent:
1 leaf ; 32 x 27 cm.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_007209
Call #:
BPL Microtext Dept. F73.2.A3
Barcode:
39999065690545
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