Monday, October 22, 2007

To Arms! Brothers Dear! Gird on the Trenchant Brand! Strike Home! Strike Home! No Craven Fear! For Home and Native Land!

A short article of mine was published in CHAB News, the quarterly newsletter of the Confederate Historical Association of Belgium.

"La Louisianaise" (CHAB News, Volume XXXV # 1, mars 2007, p 11-12) speaks of the place of music in the Civil War era while showing the influence of immigrants' homelands on soldiers of the 1860s.

While Germans from Baltimore adapted Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, turning the Christmas tree song into a patriotic tune (Maryland, My Maryland), Louisiana soldiers took La Marseillaise and adapted the words (in English) to the situation in the 1860s.

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