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 (New York)
New York: Young Men's Christian Association, 1861
board cover, 2 7/8" x 4 3/8", #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




LOCAL MILITARY MOVEMENTS.; THIS ENCAMPMENTS FORT SCHUYLER. THE JACKSON GUARD. WILLETT'S POINT ENCAMPMENT. CAMP PLYMOUTH A CALL FOR WRITING MATERIALS. CAMP WEED, RIKER'S ISLAND. THE CARL SCHURZ CAVALRY. . . .THE SOLDIERS' HYMN BOOK. The friends of the soldier have very generally furnished our Army with Bibles and tracts, through the agencies of the American Bible and the American Tract Societies. We are pleased to be able to say that a movement is now on foot to put a small pocket Hymn Book into the hands of each soldier, so that the camp may be furnished with all the requisites for private and public worship. The book consists of 75 hymns, varied in character, embracing the most of our national and patriotic compositions, a few on temperance, and the remainder religious. It was carefully compiled by a few gentlemen in the City, and will be published for the Young Men's Christian Association by G.S. SCOFIELD, NO. 599 Broadway (Am. S.S. Union Depository). An edition of 25,000 will be issued early this week. The book will be gratuitously distributed among the soldiers, by the Association, as fast as funds are contributed for the purpose. It is their wish to circulate 100,000 copies. Twenty dollars will supply a regiment. (New York Times, June 16, 1861)

Last evening, Dr. HAGUE'S church, corner of Madison-avenue and Thirty-first-street, was occupied by the largest congregation ever before assembled within its walls, in consequence of the announcement that the Army Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association would present a report of its proceedings at Washington, and that several prominent clergymen would address the meeting upon the importance of ministering to the spiritual wants of the New-York soldiers who were wounded and suffering. It was expected that Rev. Dr. SPRING would preside over the meeting, but that gentleman being absent from some cause, the services were conducted by Rev. Dr. HAGUE. After singing and prayer, Mr. HARWOOD VERNON, of the Army Committee, made a statement of its operations in providing for the religious wants of our men in the field of battle, by which it seems that 35,000 copies of the Soldier's Hymn-book have been issued. Every regiment of troops passing through the City during the last six weeks has been visited, and a supply of books furnished. (New York Times, July 29, 1861)