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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Soldier's Hymns and Psalms
New York: The American Tract Society, n.d., for the Army Committee of the Philadelphia YMCA
board covers, 2 7/8" x 4 3/8", 58 hymns and 32 Psalms ("Psalms of David and Scripture paraphrases from the Scottish Psalter")

This collection has the same hymns as Soldier's 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



Olmsted had noted the "intense demand for books and periodicals" and the Christian Commission did much to supply this want. It distributed 466,000 copies of Bibles, Testaments and portions of Scripture received gratuitously from the American Bible Society, 8,000,000 copies of knapsack books such as Newman Hall's "Come to Jesus," over 1,000,000 hymn and psalm books [probably Soldier’s Hymns and Psalms], 18,000,000 religious newspapers, and 39,000,000 pages of tracts. ( Rhodes, James Ford. A History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the Final Restoration of Home Rule at the South in 1877, Vol. V, 1864-1864.  New York: The Macmillan Co. 1906, p. 260)