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 Union Hymn Book
Charles Chaucer Goss, New York: Evangelical Alliance, 1861
board cover, size unknown, 100 hymns (no index)



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


  GREAT GATHERING AT PLYMOUTH CHURCH.; Addresses on Behalf of the Evangelical Alliance.
Plymouth Church was crowded to excess last evening, in consequence of an announcement that addresses by prominent men would be delivered, on behalf of the Evangelical Alliance, on the subject of "Providing for the Moral and Sanitary Welfare of the Union Army." The proceedings were highly interesting, and at times the congregation evinced their patriotism with a considerable degree of enthusiasm. The exercises were opened with prayer and singing, after which Rev. H.W. BEECHER explained the object of the meeting, and stated that it would have been inconsistent with the character of our people as Christians and patriots to have sent forth from our midst a hundred thousand young men to fight our battles, and leave them to the fate of a distant campaign, without further thought or care for their body and soul. . . . [Beecher spoke] of the good effects that had been produced by the distribution of hymnbooks, not only among our own soldiers, but among the rebel prisoners. (New York Times, Sept. 16, 1861)