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 Soldier's Hymn-Book: for Camp Worship
The Soldier's Tract Society, Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1862, binding unknown, size unknown, 71 hymns



Inroduction to Soldiers' Hymn Collections

Southern Hymn Collections

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



Virginia Methodist Episcopal Conference.
. . . In the report of the Soldiers' Tract Association we find that there have been printed, for gratuitous distribution,-- "Thirty-seven thousand bibles (sold), nine thousand catechisms, four million pages of tracts, seventeen thousand two hundred bibles and testaments, thirty-seven thousand psalms, five hundred thousand copies of the Soldiers' Paper (issued at Richmond) and the Army and Navy Herald (issued at Macon), thirty-seven thousand copies of the Soldiers' Hymn Book (for camp worship); and to Sunday schools, in and out of the army, nine thousand catechisms and primers.
"The cause has been liberally sustained by our citizens and soldiers — our receipts during the past year have reached $126;900. Twenty-five laborers have been actively engaged during the year in distributing the publications to the soldiers and making collections for the cause.--Besides these, the army chaplains, the church missionaries, and many soldiers, officers and privates, have been heartily employed in distributing religious literature in camps and hospitals. (The Richmond Daily Dispatch: November 26, 1864.)