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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Hymns for the Camp
Rev. A. E. Dickenson, 2nd ed. revised and enlarged, Raleigh, North Carolina: General Tract Agency (Baptist Colportage of Virginia), 1862
board covers, size unknown, 151 hymns



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Hymns for the Camp
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Southern Zion's Songster
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The Confederate Soldier's Pocket Manual. . .
The Confederate Soldier's Hymn-Book
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The Soldier's Hymn Book

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Hymns for the Camp
--Rev. A. E. Dickinson, General Superintendent of Baptist Colportage in Virginia, has presented us with a little volume of ‘"Hymns for the Camp,"’ which has just been issued by the Colportage Board for distribution among our soldiers. The collection is an excellent one, embracing as it does some fifty hymns, nearly all of which are as familiar as household words everywhere, and calculated to awaken the most pleasing association of ideas and feeling in the minds and hearts of those for whose use they are intended. This is a most praiseworthy work in which Mr. D, and his associates are engaged, and many a lonely mother, many a wife, and many a sister, will read of their efforts in this good cause with warm-emotions of gratitude. (The Richmond Daily Dispatch: September 27, 1861)
Hymns for the Camp
--Three societies at the North are each preparing a volume of hymns, to be used in the Northern army. In one of these are to be found the ‘"Star Spangled Banner,"’ ‘"Yankee Doodle,"’ &c.
We are glad to be able to state that an effort is now being made to prepare a little volume of old fashioned spiritual songs, to be used in the Southern army. Rev. A. E. Dickinson, Superintendent of Colportage, who, with the aid of several clergymen in this city, is preparing this volume, informs us that it will be ready in a few weeks. Instead of imitating the Yankees, and inserting ‘"Dixie,"’ nothing will be published but such old-fashioned hymns as our oldest soldiers have heard from their childhood; such as ------

Am I a soldier of the Cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause--
Or blush to speak His name?


Soldiers of the Cross, arise,
Lo! your Captain, from the skies.
Holding forth the glittering prize,
Calls to victory;
Fear not, though the battle lower;
Firmly stand the trying hour;
Stand the tempter's utmost power;
Spurn his slavery.


Brethren, while we sojourn here,
Fight we must, but should not tear;
Foes we have, but we've a friend,
One that loves us to the end:
Forward, then, with courage go,
Long we shall not dwell below;
Soon the joyful news will come,
Child, your father calls — come home!

Such a book as is proposed to be published will answer an excellent purpose, as all the hymn-books have thus far been published at the North, and this is the first attempt at the South to supply this lack of service. The Richmond Daily Dispatch, July 18, 1861)