Newsletter of the
Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary
of the 97th
Presented by Dr. Wesley L. Hanson, ICWRT
Our program for November, “Civil War Music,” will be
presented by the ICWRT’s own Dr. Wesley Hanson. Wes will be singing and playing the songs
About Our Presenter: Educated at
President: Anthony Roscetti
Vice President: Ray Shortridge
Secretary: Dr. Betty Enloe
Treasurer: Doug Wagner
Programs: Ray Shortridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity: Norris Darrall email@example.com
Preservation: Andy O’Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Dave Klinestiver
Distribution: Dorothy Jones
Join Us Before the Meeting for Dinner & Discussion at Shapiro’s Deli!
All ICWRT members and guests are invited to join us at Shapiro’s
Delicatessen before the meeting to enjoy dinner and fellowship. This year, we will be holding informal “round
table” discussions on a selected topic of general interest. See
you at Shapiro’s,
ICWRT Meeting Nov. 8 at
The Indianapolis Civil War Round Table gratefully acknowledges the co-sponsorship of
for our Speakers Program during the 2004-2005 Campaign
50th Anniversary Desk Caddies Are Now Available
To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table has ordered a limited number of customized desk caddies that feature the ICWRT logo imprinted on black leatherette. Each of our speakers this year will be receiving one of these caddies as a gift. The desk caddies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to ICWRT members at the November meeting. The cost is $20 per set.
Planning is proceeding for our “official” 50th Anniversary celebration at the April meeting of the Round Table. In conjunction with the celebration, the ICWRT will be publishing a history of our first 50 years. Anyone wishing to place a pre-publication subscription for this limited edition book should contact Nikki Schofield.
Upcoming ICWRT Programs
All of the following meeting dates are the second Monday of the month.
Preservation Update & Fundraiser
Calendar of Events
ICWRT: Civil War Music presented by Dr. Wesley Hanson
Madision County Historical Society CWRT: Battle Flags presented by Donna Schmink
Monon Depot, 211 First Street, S.W.,
CWRT of West
Largest Civil War show in the
We recommend confirming all dates, times and locations for events not sponsored by the ICWRT
If you know of a Civil War-related event that may be of interest to ICWRT members, please send your information to Norris Darrall (email@example.com).
1. Name the general described by Lee as, “one
can never repay.”
2. Douglas Southall Freeman wrote of this commander that had he not been killed at
Fraser’s Farm he, “almost certainly would have risen to the rank of general officer.”
3. What was “
4. Name the POW camp named for the State Treasurer of Illinois.
5. What was “Long Tom?”
---Answers will be published in the December issue---
Answers to October’s Quiz:
1. Who was the last of eight officers to be promoted to full general in the Southern army?
John Bell Hood
3. Name the commander in the Seven Days Battles who went on to become the Confederate wartime governor of his state.
Confederate general, turned mountain explorer, for whom the second-highest
Thomas L Clingman; Clingman's Dome; Great Smoky Mtn.
What weapon was
improvised by General Gabriel James Raines during the retreat from
Author Seeks Slaves’ Accounts of the War
HARDTACK has received the following request from author Andrew Ward. Anyone with material that may be of use to Mr. Ward are urged to contact him directly:
a book I am writing called “The Slaves’ War,” I am asking the Civil War
Roundtables of the country for assistance in locating slaves’ accounts of the
Civil War, from battles and skirmishes on land and sea to Contraband camps,
foraging, raids, escapes, emancipation, and any other incidents that might shed
light on the war the way the slaves experienced it. My interest lies less in
the black soldier’s experience of the war (which has been written about
extensively) than in the slave civilian’s.
I have already canvassed a number of sources, including the WPA interviews with former slaves, but if members of the Civil War Roundtable can direct me to encounters with slaves recounted in some of the more obscure contemporary histories of the Civil War; in family memoirs, diaries and letters, etc., whether black, white, Union or Confederate; they will be gratefully received and prominently acknowledged.
Thank you for your consideration.
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Telephone: (206)568-0159 Fax: (206) 568-0140
P.S.: I am the author of “Our Bones Are Scattered: The Cawnpore Massacres in the Indian Mutiny of 1857” (Henry Holt); “Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers” (Farrar Straus & Giroux); and the forthcoming “River Run Red: The Story of Fort Pillow” (Penguin).
Listening to the Mockingbird
The music of the Civil War era has been the subject of innumerable recordings in recent years. While some of these recordings are products of the major labels, the vast majority are “homegrown” efforts that are self-produced and distributed by the musicians themselves. As one might expect, the nature and quality of the music varies greatly. While some performers offer little more than modern reinterpretations of period songs, many musicians are now opting for a more historically correct sound, using only period instruments and original arrangements and seeking to recreate the performance styles of the 1860’s in unadorned “live” recordings.
“Civil War Music,” of course, covers a very broad array of musical genres, encompassing military marches, sentimental ballads, spirituals, camp songs and up-tempo numbers heard in music halls and minstrel shows of the day. The music was performed by brass bands, small string bands and by individuals vocalists, often accompanied by piano, banjo or guitar.
If you’re just starting to build your Civil War audio library, you will find a “sampler” of many of these styles in the Original Soundtrack to Ken Burns’ aptly named documentary “The Civil War.” Most of the tracks on this CD consist of period music, traditionally performed (the popular Ashoken Farewell, however, is not of the period). (The full title of this CD is The Civil War - Traditional American Songs And Instrumental Music Featured In The Film By Ken Burns: Original Soundtrack Recording; it can be found in most retail music stores).
Two other collections you may want to consider are The Civil War: Its Music and Its Sounds
by Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Philips;
2 CD’s) and Songs of the Civil
War by various artists (
outstanding recordings are not usually found at your local music retailer and
are often unavailable through Amazon.com. Instead, these titles are sold exclusively
through advertisements in Civil War periodicals, at live performances by the
artists, and through merchants who specialize in Civil War-related goods (one
such source is Fall Creek Suttlery in
Some of the performers you may want to check out are the 97th Regimental String Band (seven titles currently available); the 2nd South Carolina String Band (three titles); 4th Kentucky Regiment Band (“Saxton’s Coronet Band”); The Camp Chase Fife & Drums (three titles); and the Free and Accepted Minstrels of Old New Orleans (Charles Heggli, Daniel Partner and Ed Sims performing historically correct—albeit politically incorrect—minstrel tunes of the period).
From the Bookshelf
For Those Who Read Music (or Just Want to Read About It)
Bibliophiles will find two principal types of books on Civil War music: so-called “songbooks,” which contain musical transcriptions and song lyrics primarily for use by singers and musicians, and books about music—illustrated studies of the instruments and bands of the era and scholarly narratives that examine the impact of music on society (and vice versa), and any number of other themes that emerge from the intersection of history and musicology.
For those interested in learning to play some of the popular songs of the period, here are two titles that may help you get started:
· Singing Soldiers: A History of the Civil War in Song by Paul Glass and Louis C. Singer (Da Capo Press 1975) 300 pp.: Originally published in 1964 as The Spirit of the Sixties, this comprehensive collection contains “new” musical arrangements more suitable for contemporary piano and guitar.
For a well-illustrated, general reference on Civil War instruments and bands, check out:
· A Pictorial History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands by Robert Garofalo and Mark Elrod (Boydell & Brewer 1982) 124 pp.: An encyclopedia of period instruments, fully illustrated.
If you prefer a more academic approach to the subject, these recent titles may be of interest to you:
Music of the Civil War Era by Steven H.
Cornelius (Greenwood Press 2004) 320 pp.: This and the following volume, just now
published, offer the most recent scholarly dissertations on the subject.
· Bugle Resounding: Music And Musicians Of The Civil War Era by Bruce C. Kelley and Mark A. Snell (University of Missouri Press 2004) 260 pp.: A new anthology that grew out of the first two National Conferences on Music of the Civil War Era, which explored the effects of the Civil War on music and musicians.
· Singing the New Nation: How Music Shaped the Confederacy, 1861-1865 by E. Lawrence Abel (Stackpole Books 1999) 398 pp.: An examination of music in the Confederacy and its impact and reflection of Southern Nationalism.
Time to Re-enlist for the 2004-2005 Campaign !!
The 2004-2005 campaign of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table
is upon us. Now is the time to get your re-enlistment paid. Individual membership is $25.00 and family
membership is $30.00. Make checks payable to "Indianapolis Civil War Round
Table" and mail to Doug Wagner at
D A Wagner
Phone: 317 328 4828
Tear off and include with your check:
Make your check payable to “Indianapolis Civil War Round Table”
Name…………………………………………………….…. Date ………………..
Enlistment Status for July 2004 thru June 2005 (please specify):
$25 Individual …… $30 Family ……. $10 Student …….
In addition to my membership dues, please accept my generous gift of $ ________
to the ICWRT general operating account (this donation is not tax deductible)