William Rossiter

For Lincoln and Liberty Too: Songs from a House Divided

Traditional songs of the Civil War are “snapshots” capturing particular moments, events and emotions of that conflict.  These musical marginal notes on Lincoln and the War illuminate that turbulent time, not from the historian’s viewpoint but as musical snapshots taken “on the ground.” Some of these political songs,  still singable 140-plus years later, make today’s “negative campaigning” look positively angelic.  The songs in this presentation show the human side of the war—the love and the hatred for Lincoln, the emotions and small tragedies and triumphs that we miss if we study only battles and battalions. The presentation explores the setting and context of each song, helping us understand what each snapshot is really showing us.

Songs accompanied by guitar, banjo, harmonica and Autoharp.