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 Confederate Soldier's Hymn-Book
Francis Robert Goulding, Houston: The Confederate Soldiers' Tract Society, 1864
Self cover, 3" x 5," 32 pp., number of hymns unknown (not available for examination)

Poorly trimmed coarse brown stock and originally bound with string by the job office of the Galveston News. (From a desciption on an auction website)  



Inroduction to Soldiers' Hymn Collections

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Camp Hymns
Hymns for the Camp
Prayer Book for the Camp
Prayer's Suitable for the Times in Which we Live
Southern Zion's Songster
The Army and Navy Prayer Book
The Army and Navy Hymn Book
The Army Hymn-Book
The Confederate Soldier's Pocket Manual. . .
The Confederate Soldier's Hymn-Book
The Soldier's Hymn-Book: for Camp Worship
The Soldier's Hymn Book

Index of Hymns in all Books


Francis Robert Goulding was a native of Georgia, and was born September 28, 1810, in Liberty County, near Midway. He died August 21, 1881, and is buried at Roswell, Ga. Dr. Goulding graduated in the University of Georgia, at Athens, in 1830, and finished the course in the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Columbia, S. C, in 1833. The failure of his voice debarred him from preaching, and he became a writer of books, being surprised at his own success. A desire to instruct and amuse his own children caused him to commence the "Young Marooners" in 1847. The work was not completed until 1850, and was two more years in finding a publisher. It was declined in New York and neglected for a time in Philadelphia, until on one occasion the one who passes upon the manuscript in such cases chanced to make a casual examination of the "Young Marooners," as the work was called, after having been named two or three times. The passing glance of the manuscript - reader deepened into intense interest, and the work was brought out at once. Three editions were issued the first year, and it was soon reprinted in England and Scotland by at least half a dozen houses. Some one called it a "Crusoic book for boys, and the best of its class." Be it boy or man who begins the story, he is likely to finish, and then procure "Marooner's Island," a sequel, published in 1868. These works have been a source of pleasure and profit to thousands of young people in both America and England. Dr. Goulding's other works are: "Little Josephine" (1848), "Confederate Soldier's Hymn-Book" (1863), "Little Boy" (1869), and the "Woodruff Stories" (1870). (Samuel Albert Link: Pioneers of Southern Literature, Vol 1, p. 277-278)