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 soldier's hymn book: containing a supplement of national songs for the use of chaplains and soldiers in the army and navy of the United States.
J. G. Forman, Alton, Illinois: [publisher not identified], 1863.
Board covers, size unknown, 99 hymns & 21 national songs

This collection was first published as a part of The Soldier's manual of devotion or Book of common prayer :containing a form of public worship, with responses, additional prayers, a psalter, scripture lessons, articles of religion, and a collection of hymns and national songs. (by J. G. Forman. Alton, Illinois: Printed by L.A. Parks & Co., Telegraph Office, 1861) View it at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library

View this hymn-song collection at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library



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

  Jacob Gilbert Forman (Jan. 21, 1820-Feb. 7, 1885) was the minister of the First Congregational Unitarian Society in Alton, Ill., from 1857 to 1861. He was a chaplain in the 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry(1862-63) and in the 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Infantry (1864-65). In the summer of 1863, he became Secretary of the Western Sanitary Commission.