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

Soldier's Hymn Book with Tunes
Boston: Young Men's Chritian Association (printed by The American
Tract Association, N.Y), 1863
board cover, 2
3/4" x 4 3/8", 100 hymns with 30 appended tunes

The Boston YMCA also published The Soldier's Hymn Book (Boston) with a similar cover. This editions contains 20 more hymns along with the appended tunes.



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



Delegates, in holding meetings and making visitations, almost every community was reached; in many churches the fourth Sunday evening of each month was observed as a concert of prayer for the army; and the supply of resources was continuous and large. In the number of Delegates commissioned (799) and the amount of money contributed ($330,197.86) during the full period of the Commission's operations, Boston was in advance of any other Branch; in stores and publications donated (4,032 packages at an estimated value of $494,200) she was just behind Pittsburg and Cincinnati. The Boston Committee also issued an admirable army hymn book, with tunes, [probably The Soldier’s Hymn Book with Tunes] which was much sought after and widely circulated.  (Report of a meeting of the Boston YMCA, Dec 2, 1861 in Moss, Rev. Lemuel. Annals of the United States Christian Commission. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1868 , p. 307)