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 Soldier's Hymn Book (Chicago) No. 3 & No. 5
Chicago: Chicago Young Men's Christian Association, n.d.
Both editions board covered, 2 7/8" x 4 3/8", 93 hymns in No 3; 105 hymns in No. 5




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
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
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


The Young Menís Christian Association had a chapel for the use of the men, where frequent meetings were held. The Western Branch of the [United States ] Christian Commission included among its members J. V. Farwell, B. F. Jacobs, Mr. Moody, and several others. We issued an Army Hymn Book with an American flag on the front page [probably the book on this page], and it was distributed freely among the soldiers. We visited the tents and barracks and found the men playing cards, and proposed to exchange our hymn-books for the cards. (William R. Moody, The Life of D. L. Moody, New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1900, p.83.