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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The Patriot's Hymn Book
Andrew Manship (Methodist itinerate minister), Philadelphia: Methodist Book and Tract Society of Philadelphia, 1862
board cover, SIZE, 96 hymns



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


AN INTERESTING SERVICE.--On yesterday morning Rev. A. Manship, past of Hedding M.E. Church, Sixteenth and Coates streets, preached faithfully from "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" In addition to the ordinary congregation, there were quite a number of soldiers and officers present, by special invitation. A part of Captain Nevin's Lancaster Battery and a part of the 19th Pennsylvania Cavalry were present; among the officers we observed Major Hess, Colonel Cummings, and Colonel Gregory, of the old 91st Pennsylvania regiment. By request of the pastor, Col. Gregory made the opening prayer, which was very appropriate and earnest. The trustees of the church presented to every soldier and officer present a copy of the Patriot's Hymn-Book, which was used on this occasion throughout the congregation, the soldiers joining most heartily in this delightful part of the exercises. All seemed highly pleased with the pointed, earnest services, and none more so than the military in attendance. At a quarter before twelve, the soldiers, in fine order, returned to their camp opposite Odd Fellows' Cemetery. (Philadelphia Inquirer Monday, 24 August, 1863, page 2)