Singing the Songs of Zion
Soldiers' Hymn Collections and Hymn Singing
in the American Civil War

Mark D. Rhoads

"Every night the holy songs of Zion go up on this balmy spring air, a sweet incense, I think,
to the throne of the Eternal.
" Rev. William Hauser, chaplain of the 48th Georgia

Home | Soldier's Hymn Collections: Southern Books I Northern Books

The American Sunday School Hymn-Book
Philadelphia: The American Sunday School Union, 1860
board cover, 3 1/8" x 4 3/4" x 7/8", #HYMNS (contains tunes)



Introduction to Soldiers' Hymn Collections

Northern Hymn Collections

Army and Navy Melodies
Army Hymns written for the First. . .
Army Hymns written for the Third . . .
Des Soldaten Hand-Buch
Hymns and Tunes for the Army and Navy
Hymns Religious and Patriotic . . .

Hymn Book for the Army and Navy (New York)
Hymn Book for the Army and Navy (Cincinnati)
Soldier's Hymns
Lieder fur Soldaten
Soldier's Hymns and Psalms
The Patriot's Hymn Book
The Soldier's Companion
The Soldier's Friend
The Soldier's Hymn Book for Camp and Hospital
The Soldier's Hymn Book with Tunes-Boston YMCA
The Soldier's Hymn Book-Boston YMCA
The Soldier's Hymn Book-Chicago YMCA
The Soldier's Hymn Book-New York YMCA
The Soldier's Hymn Book-Forman
The Soldier's Pocket Book
The Soldier's Prayer Book
The Soldier's Prayer Book, Hospital Edition
The Union Hymn Book

The American Sunday School Hymn-Book
Songs of Zion

Index of Hymns in all Books




RELIEF FOR THE SOLDIERS.; WHAT THE VOLUNTEERS NEED THE MOST. WEDNESDAY, June 5, 1861. CAMP ANDERSON. To the Editor of the New-York Times: I am in daily receipt of proof that many persons have at heart the welfare of the soldier and wish to do him good. This desire runs in two channels -- newspapers and Havelocks. These are good. But one Havelock to a man is sufficient -- and when he needs stockings, has no shirt, and can't raise three cents to pay the postage on a letter, it is not pleasant to be made the channel of circulating newspapers from six to ten days old. We also have a quantity of good books; but men have bodies as well as souls, and when suffering physical discomforts, little can be done for their spiritual good. Most of the men now in the field came from home at a day's notice. They knew nothing of the life before them. They expected all needful things from the Government, and many are very needy. When the men of the New-York troops are put alongside of the Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine troops -- when the complete equipments of the latter are contrasted with the actual destitution of the former, the wonder is that the men submit. Not one cent have our men drawn from Government, and none will they have till Congress meets. And if the people of New-York want to do the men good, let them supply their temporal wants. 1. [of 4] We want hymn books. The American Sunday School hymn book, by the Sunday School Union, is the best. It has all the hymns nearly that all sing -- local, national, moral and devotional. From three sources I have been promised a supply. But not one has come on. Men want them, not only for Sunday service, but for their mess, class, and night gatherings. I have written to the head-quarters of the Union in Philadelphia, but the institution have deigned no reply. I have applied at New-York, and have been told that I must send to Philadelphia. It is not the Union book we want, but the new Sunday School hymn book. . . . Let some friends regard [the soldier’s] temporal necessities. Jas. ii: 15, 16. MATTHEW HALE SMITH, Chaplain Twelfth Regiment. N.Y. (New York Times, June 7, 1861.)
W.L. MARSHALL. BALTIMORE, Saturday, June 8, 1861. Hymn-Books for the Army. AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION,PHILADELPHIA, Saturday, June 8, 1861. To the Editor of the New-York Times: My attention has this moment been called to an article under date of Jane 5, 1861, signed MATTHEW HALE SMITH, Chaplain, Twelfth Regiment, N.Y.S., in which this expression occurs, referring to the want of hymn-books for the soldiers, and that those published by our Society are the best adapted. He says: "I have written to the head quarters of the Union", in Philadelphia, but the institution have deigned no reply." I can only say, no such communication has been received from the gentleman. This want for soldiers we can meet only as funds are given for the specific purpose. "We have received several applications, and as far as we have been able to raise the money, have promptly responded. In no case, so far as my knowledge extends, have parties applying had reason to complain of the discourtesy mentioned by Rev. Mr. SMITH. You will oblige us by giving as prominent a place in your paper as the article alluded to. Very respectfully, M.A. WURTS, Secretary of Missions. (New York Times, June 11, 1861)