Southern Songs of the Confederacy
In 1923, the United Daughters of the Confederacy offered a prize for the best compilation of “Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy.” This award was won by Mrs. Kate E. Stanton of the William Dorsey Pender Chapter of the U.D.C. out of Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Mrs. Stanton compiled by hand almost 200 songs along with as much history she could discover about their origins and creators.
The Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives is fortunate to have a copy of this 1926 compilation in its collection. Within its pages, the book contains such well known songs as Dixie’s Land and The Bonnie Blue Flag along with their accompanying histories. The songs in this compilation truly express the Southern sentiments at the time in regards to everything from states’ rights, to fear in battle, to missing one’s mother. Come by and check it out anytime Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:45!
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