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

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Army and Navy Melodies: a collection of hymns and tunes,
religious and patriotic
J.W.Dadmun & A.B. Fuller, Boston: J.P. McGee, S Cornhill,
B.B. Russell, 1862
binding unknown, size unknown, #of hymns (contains tunes)

(Also published as Army Melodies, 1861)



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





On the 1st of September orders came for the regiment to report at Fortress Monroe . . . The officers and soldiers are generally furnished, by the liberality of the Unitarian Association, with the Army Melodies [also published as Army and Navy Melodies], from which they sing. These simple and cheerful strains are better adapted to the soldier than any more formal /tunes. They evidently enjoy them; and from every tent, at night, you will hear the soldiers singing “Homeward Bound,” “Joyfully,” “Freedom's Era,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “We are Marching On,” etc. Nothing is more refining and elevating, nothing more religious in its tendency, than good music, when accompanying patriotic or devout words; at least, this has been my experience among the soldiers here and at the hospital, and in other regiments with whom it has been my fortune to come in contact. (Fuller, Richard F. Chaplain Fuller: being a life sketch of a New England clergyman and army chaplain. Boston: Walker, Wise, and Co., 1863, p. 180; Arthur B. Fuller, Unitarian minister, chaplain 16th Reg. Mass. Vol., and co-compiler of “Army and Navy Melodies.”)